Hello, this is my first post!
I was developing into a pretty decent skier a few years ago, loving the blue and black runs. I was getting into carving, although I will admit that I was skidding the turns on the steepest runs (double black at Liberty and Whitetail resorts, if anyone is familiar with southern PA).
And then I was diagnosed with MS August 2011. I still love to ski, but it is hard with this new body. Here are some issues I have:
-Reduced strength, more in my left leg than right
-Ataxia, more in my right leg than left. Ataxia means that even if your muscles are strong, they do not obey your brain. A drunk person's walk is very ataxic. I am not that severe, but you get the idea--can't rely on my body to do what I say.
-Fatigue, so I need to rest several times on each run (on the short, southern PA runs)
-Balance worse than before
I am 35, 5'5", 174 lbs. I ski nothing but groomers. I have some Dynastar Sensations from around 2008, when I first started skiing. They are alright, but I am looking for something that might meet my needs better.
Here is what I am looking for in a ski, although I am very open to feedback:
-Made for women
-On the short side? (Thinking this might help with control and reduce fatigue)
-Appropriate for groomers
-Gives me "enough ski" that I can enjoy blacks again. Right now it is so much work that I have to rest an hour if I go down a black run. On the other hand, I don't want too much ski to control.
I know that I have oddly specific needs, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I will be going to my local shop, Princeton Sports, but I wonder if they will have the selection and expertise to meet my needs.
Thanks for your help!