Hello all. First post here.
Great forum! Glad I found it.
I just came back from a 4 day ski trip at Jay Peak, VT. Had a fabulous time. Prior to that I hadn't skied for probably nearly 20 years. Wife, kids and career put a damper on my downhill adventures. A lot has changed in that time. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to getting back into it and hopefully bringing along the rest of the family.
While there, I rented a pair of Elan Exar e-Rise 140 skiis and had them paired to Dalbello boots.
20 years ago, I owned a pair of early 90's Fischer skiis (185's, I think) and was a decent beginner/intermediate skier. Probably closer to the beginner since I really didn't take any lessons. I grew up playing hockey, so the transition (if you want to call it that) wasn't huge when I went to skiis. I'm sure my technique wasn't the best, but I managed to enjoy myself.
Those Elan's were my very first experience with parabolic skiis. They were joyfull! On the 3rd day of skiing I was very comfortable on all the green trails on that mountain. Since I'm now 42, I thought it'd be wise to get some instruction. I got 2 hours a day for 3 days. My last two days were really good. I wish I could have stayed a few more days... I didn't venture out on to any blue trails, but had the itch the last day. My instructor on the last day told me what I was doing on skiis was amazing (maybe he gets paid to say that) and the only thing holding me back was confidence. Maybe he was right. I was taking it slow and didn't really want to rush things. After all, my wife and kids are all newbies. Skiing with them on the green trails as a family is a goal of mine and would make me very happy. We're not there yet. That being said, I'd still have to break away every once and awhile to push it a bit.
I suppose that still makes me a beginner, but what type of ski should I be looking at? What length? Should I try a shorter ski for a year and then go up? The choices seem to be never ending. I'm not really interested in renting.
1.Where in the world are you skiing?
All East Coast stuff for now, primarily Vermont. Possibly Virginia and West Virginia
2.What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
3.How many days a year do you ski?
Right now, not many. Realistically, in the future, probably 14-21 days.
4.How advanced are you as a skier?
Not that advanced. Hopefully, I answered that above.
5.What's your height and weight?
6' 205-210 lbs.
I have a few ski guesses. Looking for some input...
1. Fischer Motive 74 (T/W/T 120-74-104) (150, 155, 160, 165, 170, 175)
2. Fischer Motive 76 (too advanced???) (T/W/T 122-76-106) (Lengths 154,161,168,175)
3. Volkl RTM 75 (too advanced???) (T/W/T 120-75-105) (Lengths 153, 159, 166, 173)
Am I completely off base here????