Some quick background before I get to the five golden questions. I moved out to Ogden UT this year and am about 25 days in to my first season ever skiing. I'm 5'11" and 190lbs and am currently on a set of season long rental 167cm skis. I feel like these are holding me back in two ways. Firstly, once I start gaining any real speed they start to feel very unstable. Secondly, on days with fresh snow I am totally lost. Part of it is my technique I'm sure, as I've only had a few of those days, but I'm sure these short, skinny skis aren't helping. I'm headed down to SLC to get fitted for some new boots early this week, and with the storms in the forecast for early Feb I'd like to pair them with some new skis as well.
1) Where in the world are you skiing?
I live in Ogden, Utah and have a season pass to Snowbasin.
2) What kind of terrain do you prefer?
This is kind of tough to answer. Right now I'm mostly on groomers. Part of that though is because that's all I've really done before because the skis I'm on just sink immediately in any kind of powder. I would really like to try venturing off piste and into some trees, and think (based on my personality - I love feeling alone out in the mountains) that this is a type of skiing I would really enjoy.
3) How many days a year do you ski?
This is my first season, but based on my pace I'd say it will typically be around 50.
4) How advanced are you as a skiier?
I would guess intermediate. I'm comfortable on most any blue outside of moguls, and have done a few of the easier black runs at Snowbasin. I think I've been advancing at a pretty decent pace, starting this season as essentially a never-ever.
5) What's your height and weight?
I guess my goals in getting a new set of skis are two-fold. Firstly, being able to venture into areas that I've not yet been able to, handle powder/crud/etc when it's there but not useless on the groomers since I'll be out there whether it's snowed recently or not. Secondly, being able to more comfortably get some more speed when on groomers (I typically like to turn a fair amount and am not a bomber, but I'd like to open up sometimes without feeling like my skis are about to crumble under me).
I'm open to the idea that I'll need several different pairs of skis for this, but would ideally like to check out the one quiver options as well. Worst case, I'll have these skinny, short rentals for the rest of this season for days where they're needed.