I'm sure you guys can help me out here. By the way, I just read a great thread on rear entry boots and their virtues. Cracked me up!
In any case, it's about time for me to upgrade and I could use some advice.
I'm a 36 year old male skier 5'9" 155lbs from the dreaded Midwest where the ski resorts here are sledding hills that they put a chair lift on. As a result, demo'ing skis is pretty tough for me.
I ski about 4-5 days each year (such a shame) when I head out west on a trip. On a good year, maybe I'll manage 2 trips and get a few more days in. I suspect that any skis I pick I'll end up keeping for at least 10 years. That's my track record anyway.
First skiis I owned: 1990s Dynastar straight skis with length of 190.
Second skiis I owned: 2000s Salomon XFree9 at a length of 185. These are what I'm still skiing on.
I'm definitely beyond the intermediate level, but I wouldn't call myself an expert. Maybe more of an "advanced" skiier. I can handle any type of terrain and end up going down just about everything on a mountain. I typically end up on one of the mountains in Summit County (Vail, Breck, BC, Copper, A-Basic, whatever, they're all great).
I love to ski very fast on groomers and want a ski that doesn't chatter at high speed. The Ski Tracks app on my phone regularly logs me at 40-55mph. (This is actually the one thing I like about my XFree9 skis although it might just be because they are long.)
At the same time, I'd like a ski that can manage through moguls better.
While I do love powder skiing, I see no reason to select a ski based on its powder merits, as I don't get enough powder days and I can manage on whatever ski.
I don't expect you'll see me in a terrain park much and I think my days of getting air are over.
I'm coming from a pretty basic ski as the XFree9 skiis are just cheap intermediate skis, but I do like them, although they are probably 10cm too long for me.
I'm looking for budget minded skis that will perform well and last me a long time. Have no clue where to begin.