So I haven't Alpine skied in over a decade and the last time I did I was skiing double diamonds in Deer Valley Utah. I moved from TX to Upstate NY and I never really looked into down hill as I assumed I wouldn't be too thrilled, especially after the past couple of winters we have had.. My wife and I have been doing Cross Country Skiing for the past three years. After driving by a ski resort about 40 minutes away, I wasn't expecting much, but I have to say I was impressed. So now I want to try downhill. They do have cheap night passes and I would like to get some Alpine Skis. Before I ever do anything I like to do a bit of research as my biggest fear is buyer's remorse. I am an engineer, I want to know why I am paying $x for a product, I want to know how things work. I went to a Ski store yesterday and was over whelmed by the selection of down hill skis and boots they have. The skis were a lot fatter and smaller than the long skinny ones I have been use to and the boots are a lot more flashy with their decals. The boots varied in price a lot from $150 to $500+ he said the flex is what made the biggest difference and I would most likely want a 80-90% flex. I also do question Velcro longevity. Other than that it seemed hard to see the difference between them. He started to explain that some skis were made of different materials and that camber was a little better in the east than the non-camber skis, which are better in the west. Other than that I really would like to know what other differences matter? I like moguls, though don't know how much I would do w/ my wife. I am not a speed freak or fresh powder kind of person, unless I am doing XC skiing. I understand a lot of the XC ski differences as far as metal edge, vs non. Differences between touring, standard, BC, and telemark. I would like to know a little more about donwhill skis, before I jump in. I would like to get something that is decent, w/o spending an arm and a leg.
Thanks in advance,