Hey guys, I've been doing a lot of reading on here, but figured I might as well just ask directly. I got my boots taken care of last season (Lange RS 110), and at this point I figure it's time to replace my high school era skis, which, while they served well, are pretty clearly on their last legs.
So about me: I live in Boston, and with the way my life currently works out, I get 20-30 days on the slopes each winter with that distribution being: 5-7 Days at Gore, 10-15 Days in a mix of Vermont/New Hampshire, 3-4 Days at Alta, and 3-4 Days somewhere else out west. I'm 24 years old, 5'9", 150lbs, and a relatively good skier (Started when I was 4, carving technique is my strength, but I can handle myself pretty much anywhere—Last winter I started actually working on my bumps technique, but it's not there yet when I'm out east). I truly love carving... And my current skis help with that (125-75-111, 165cm), but I spend plenty of time all over the mountain... At Alta, you'll find me in the Wildcat area most days.
With all of that said, I think I've decided on my general plan:
- A pair of hardcore carvers in the 65/75 waist range
- A more playful ski for days when Carving isn't going to happen/east coast powder/crud
- Renting big boys if I happen to catch a storm while I'm out west
I'd love to come up with a short list to demo next time I'm out. Currently that looks like the following, but I would love additional suggestions (or information that should lead me to cross things off of this list)
Head i.Supershape Speed - http://www.head.com/ski/products/skis/performance/isupershape-speed/5990/?region=us
Head i.Supershape Magnum - http://www.head.com/ski/products/skis/performance/isupershape-magnum/5989/?region=us
Blizzard S-Power FS IQ - http://www.blizzard-ski.com/int/products/detail/product/show/s-power-fs-iq.html
Kastle FX94 - http://www.kaestle-ski.com/en/products/fx/fx94-1947/
Oh, I guess the last thing I should mention is that last time I was out at Alta, I spent some time demoing, with a couple of takeaways. 1. I loved how the Volkl RTM 84 let me attack, but taking it down groomers was a chore rather than something I got to enjoy. 2. I threw on some Salomon BBR 9.0s and loved the feel with my edges dug in (very turn-y), but they felt heavier than I wanted for east coast carving.
Thanks a ton in advance for any advice, information, or recommendations!