I recently switched back to skiing from snowboarding and I'm looking for one Ski to do it all. Here's the rundown:
- I ski exclusively in the Alps (Swiss Alps to be specific) --> fair share of groomers and not as much pow as in the western US
- I will be carving quite a lot on groomers, but will start venturing into the sidecountry and eventually I even want to start doing some alpine touring with them (therefore they should be light)
- About 20+ days a year
- My level is probably intermediate - advanced. But I'm not afraid to get some more challenging/advanced skis, since I feel like I'm progressing quite fast and I don't want to outgrow them too quickly. I was skiing on some Atomic Race GS 12 this season and did quite alright, even though they were a little aggressive maybe.
- I'm 5'11" and 160 lbs without skiing equipment
After researching quite a bit (but lacking the opportunity to demo the skis) I've come up with the following skis. I am however open to other suggestions!
- Nordica Hell & Back
- Nordica Steadfast
- Line Sick Day 95
- Blizzard Bushwacker
- Blizzard Kabookie
- Völkl Kendo
- Stöckli Stormrider 95
- Stöckli Stormrider 100
- Stöckli Stormrider VXL
So basically something between 85-100mm, with a slight rocker and skin compatibility. I'm kinda unsure about which width I should go with, since I've never skied anything wider than 70mm and therefore don't have any reference to how these wider skis feel like.
I will probably be demoing the three Stöckli skis on the weekend and let you know what they felt like. Are any of them comparable to any of the other skis I've mentioned?
Also, I'm looking into buying some Freeride Bindings, which are "walkable". I have the following on my radar:
- Salomon Guardian
- Marker Baron
- Marker Duke
- Marker Tour
- Fritschi Freeride Pro
What are your recommendations here? Especially considering that I'm a lighter skier (160 lbs), will be skiing in the resort quite a lot, but still want to save weight for touring.
I hope you guys can help me out here. Because without being able to demo most of these skis, it's really hard to decide on my own.