1st time poster but have been following site for a while. Will keep it simple - looking for my 1st pair of skis (time to stop renting)
- almost exclusively ski out west
- kind of ski everything, with a favor towards trees, steep groomers, and like to get off the beaten path. Also like to mix in moguls to keep improving my technique.
- usually ski around 20-25 days a year, but like to ski a lot during those days and take advantage of the time I am out west (26 y.o. so full skiing days)
- 7/10 level
- 6'3" 185-190 lbs
Looking for an "all-mountain" ski as all my skiing is done while traveling. After riding different skis this season so far and researching I have slimmed down my list to these, but am open to suggestions:
Nordica Hell & Back - 177 or 185
Line Sick Day 95 - 179 or 186
Blizzard Bonafide - 180
I skied some Volkl Mantras for a solid week this month in Colorado at 184cm. I liked how they charged through choppy conditions and we're decent with 5-6" of new snow, and seemed to match up a bit with my aggressive skiing style. However, frankly they just felt too long. Doing some moguls and working in with tighter trees didn't feel the greatest.
That said, I know the length might be a thing that will come with more experience, but I feel myself liking skis in the 170 high range, which has me leaning the 177, 179, and 180 lengths of the skis above.
So I was hoping for insight/suggestions on the skis above, and hopefully I can get my hand on any to perhaps demo next trip out in a week.