I asked for help on choosing some specific skis a few months ago but no replies, I am guessing people did not have knowledge/experience with them so I am asking more generally what ski width (range) or skis do you recommend for me. It seems like most people on here are advanced intermediate or experts. Not me.
I am 40, 6' 1" (6' 2" if i stand up straight) currently 195lbs and loosing with a goal of 190ish and ski in the Tahoe area. I took 3 lessons about 3 seasons ago and have just been up about 10 times per season having fun on some k2 silencers @179 (85mm width). I ran in to an instructor on the hill toward the end of last season because I want to start working on my technique before I get to the point of no return on bad habits and he said the skis are too long for me, another told me they may be too soft. I tried watching videos and talking to past instructors for tips and plan to take lessons as soon as it snows (next week I hope). I want to be able to ski difficult blues with complete control and then enjoy some speed, but not supersonic.
What I want in a ski is one that will be fun on groomed runs and help me develop in to a solid intermediate skier, be able to handle fresh snow, then the freshly created chop/bumps later in the day, fun just off trail, and also be able to handle those (what seems like happens often when I am there) hard-pack and ice days that turn to slush.
I really do not need a ski that is designed for deep powder, serious tree skiing, black diamond moguls, requires perfectly groomed runs, or punishes my mistakes.
I have purchased a pair of Atomic Smoke TI @178 but can return them, I think at 77 they may be too thin for what I want? All input is greatly appreciated!!!!