I'm a skier returning from a long hiatus, about 14 years. I'm 46, 6' 2", and 200lbs. I've been skiing since I was about 5, and by the time I was 19 I'd spent a couple of seasons in Summit County, skiing primarily A-basin with the occasional Breck, Copper, Vail etc. I was an expert-level skier, riding on a set of Rossignol 4S Kevlars. I skied bumps, steeps, trees, powder and really whatever was happening that day, but mostly bumps and very steep, narrow gullies.
Now granted I'll never get in 90 days in a season again, and my body and knees will never be 19. I have a wife and a couple of kids now who are just learning, and I'll probably spend some time skiing with them. I went a couple of weekends ago and skied mostly groomers on rental equipment, and spent a lot of time waiting for the wife. No knock on her, she's also coming back from a long hiatus due to a severe injury to her femur, but the reality is that I won't be spending as much time on expert terrain as my profile might indicate otherwise. Probably a mix of hanging with the kids on green runs for a while, some intermediate stuff with the wife, and some daddy-time exploring steeps and bowls. Serious bump runs will be avoided like the plague due to my knees and back just not needed to take a pounding. Just not fun for me anymore. We'll be primarily at Tahoe, at Alpine, Squaw, Northstar and most often Homewood. will travel to Aspen on occasion to ski with a buddy who never left Colorado when we all went out there after high school.
Right now I don't have any skis, and have set about looking at all-mountain skis. Just bought some boots, some Lange RX130's. Really comfortable and felt right in terms of stiffness. I used to ski on Lange ZS's, which were a softer version of the ZR.
Here are the skis I've been considering based on ski shop dude feedback and reading up online.
- Rossignol Experience 88 or 98 (can't decide which might work better!)
- Blizzard Brahma or Bonafide (same)
- Vokl Mantra
- Rossignol Soul 7
I'm looking at lengths in the 184-188 range. I plan to demo on the mountain at Alpine Meadows this weekend, but not sure what they offer and they're not answering the phone. I could demo locally, but my buddy in Aspen suggested I do it on-mountain so I can try multiple skis.
Please let me know your thoughts! Challenge any assumptions, ask for any info I may have left out, suggest other skis, or give me your feedback on the skis I'm considering.