Hi, all! I'd welcome input on models to look for in budget-friendly skis (used via Ebay/CL or prior year over-runs very likely).
Level, location, conditions: Level 4-low 5 intermediate -- mostly ski groomers / East Coast hardpack in variable conditions. Lots of ice this time of year; also crud, and slush on warmer days here in VA and adjacent states. Conditions tend to get messy by the afternoons by the time we get to the slopes.
My skiing style: Slow, cautious, conservative. I can turn easily and prefer long, slow turns. Really enjoy wide runs but need more confidence for steeper, narrower blues…especially icy areas (will take more lessons after I get the new skis).
Current skis: Used demos. Unfortunately the shop I got them from last season mis-classified them. Asked for an advanced beginner/intermediate ski and another model in that line looks almost exactly the same; ended up with a more advanced ski favored by aggressive speed demons (and of course I lost the receipt). After a lesson and 5 or so days out in various conditions I've realized it's too much ski for me and I end up too fast – especially on ice. [FWIW, specs for my too fast Roxy Joyriders: 146 cm tall; 126/74/105; 10mm turning radius, all camber; Marker bindings. I do like that they’re easy to turn and have some edge hold.]
What I’d like in my next skis; stats: More control, probably something with tip rocker, some level of edge hold given frequent icy patches and hard surfaces but versatile enough to be okay in slush. I'm very conservative but want to gain confidence and get more comfortable on steeps and more challenging blues. Stats: 5’1” 144 (and working on losing a few).
Unfortunately demo days are pretty limited in the greater DC region and timing may not work out for Jan. due to other commitments (that said, I’d prefer a more budget-friendly ski anyway so will likely go used).
Shortlist so far (any thoughts on these or others to add are welcome): Rossi Temptations in 76 or 78; K2 Superfrees; some previous year’s Dynastars and a couple of Fischers and Atomics looked interesting (unfortunately deleted my folder with the specific names of those last three that were a bit older; maybe the models will ring a bell with someone here who at one time fit a similar profile).
Length: A bit torn on length re. 140s or low to mid 150 range…guess that partly depends on amount of rocker?
Thanks in advance for any advice, and sorry for the long post. Happy skiing and happy 2014!