I will chime in again. You might question your ski boots as the source of the chatter. Depends on exactly what you are calling chatter, but when my boots are not buckled down tightly, my skis move around and bang into each other. Another notch tighter on the buckles and its gone. I also think you will like the ski you intend to buy. There are several choices, all that are mentioned are good ones. Oh yeah, you bought Atomicmans's heads. Good choice.
My 2 cents, you are a bit optimistic on your abillity rating and that is a sensitive subject on this forum. However, if you blend some natural athletic ability with some good coaching you will progress quickly. Skiing should be about having fun, and if you will have fun on the new skiis, then they are a good choice for you.
Thanks! I will definitely try a notch tighter on my boots. I did a ton of research on these forums over the summer and went to great lengths to make sure my boot was a great fit, but now that you mention it I have noticed it getting a bit looser as the the liner packs out/molds to my foot more. I've noticed it more on terrain that is chopped up. Thanks for the advice, I will give an update later on my impressions with the new ski when I get over this miserable sore throat and can hit the slopes again.
Hey Cat,from a fellow so-caler I'm exited for you,that should be a great ski for you!!!.But we have to get you out of Big Bear and up to Mammoth!!!That ski in a 177 is a fantastic Mammoth frontside ski;their is also a free race course under chair one where you get your time on a scoreboard, I could see you spending a lot of time their having fun and with enough times down I bet you would figure how to get rid of that chatter!!!
Hey! So Mammoth is where it's at huh?? I liked Bear and Mtn High because they're so close and I can drive up on a weekday after work for a night ski session, or hit up a weekend morning, get 15-20k vertical in the 3 hours before they get crowded and head home (if it's crowded). That free race course is definitely intriguing...