I've been reading and lurking these threads for a while and am hoping you helpful people can share your opinions with me. I'm a converted snowboarder who just got on skis again this season for the first time since I was a teenager (I'm 33 now). I was on the snow 20 days this year and willy likely double it to around 40 (maybe more) next year. Getting on skis this year I totally caught the bug in a way that never happened in years of regular snowboarding. Go figure, but better late than never right?
So, I am true intermediate. Level 6 by all the lists/charts I can find and am feeling next year I will be able to get into more fun terrain with a little more instruction and practice.
I ski everywhere. I live in the east but travel quite often and have a flexible job schedule, as well as friends and relatives in all the best snow places. So I will be everywhere next year including CO (2 weeks), UT (1 week), VT (multiple trips), and possibly an AK/WA trip. I live in the mid atlantic but these will be my Western/soft/powder/tree skis.
Looking for skis that are good for soft snow days, fun in the trees and are good for a true intermediate who is learning to tackle more of the mountain and stuff off the piste. They will be used when we have fresh snow days and out west or in the trees. I'm looking for fun and playful as I tend to make more short turns than long arcing ones. I don't ski super fast so I don't consider myself a hard charger.
I'm 5'11" and weigh 185. A few pounds less when I'm in prime shape!
I have a fairly athletic background, having played hockey/football, surfed regularly and snowboarded a handful of days each year until this year when I got ski addicted. My knees aren't the greatest after long ski days so something that's not going to tear me up would be great.
I'm looking to purchase sometime soon because there are crazy deals to be had out there and I'm excited for next season already. Here are a few I'm considering, would love thoughts on these or more options that can be found for a deal. Thanks in advance.
Rossi Soul 7
Line Sir Francis Bacon
Line Sick Day 95 or 110
Salomon Rocker 2 108