After not paying much attention to ski tech since I purchased my skis 15 yrs ago while spending the budget on wife and kids, its finally my turn. New boots were purchased last year. Things have obviously changed. Its challenging weeding through new terminology and the marketing fluff to understand how it relates to me. After reading around, lurking here and stopping in a couple ski shops (summer help not confidence inspiring), I think I'm close to being able to ask semi-intelligent questions. I could use a little help and validation if I'm headed in the right direction.
Particulars (while being honest to myself):
- 5'10", 185-190 lbs, >50yrs old
- advanced intermediate/advanced - I ski the whole mountain. Realistically spending 80% of my time on the groomers. I prefer the steeps to the bumps (but don't completely avoid them and this is an area I want to improve). I don't go in the parks other than to watch my son. I can ski aggressively, but also enjoy a leisurely cruise. Lately, probably split 40/60 aggressive/cruise. When aggressive, I don't just bomb the mountain. I like my turns and mix them up from short to long depending on mood. Sad fact is, I am starting to slow down as the years progress. The kids call me "old school" since I still ski with a close stance.
- 10 - 15 days/yr skiing in the Northeast - from the Berkshires north. This coming season already has Whiteface and Sugarbush on the schedule. This will be likely supplemented with day trips to some of the smaller Berkshire hills and southern Vermont.
Based on my understanding, I think I'm looking for a "Frontside" or "all-mountain" ski with 80-90mm waist with a length of 170-180mm. I believe I should be looking for something with camber and possibly mild "rocker" on the tips. Since this is the northeast, handling the hard stuff is probably first priority, but I don't want to struggle to much on the rare occasions there is fresh stuff on the slopes (like I did with my old skis). The characteristics I really struggle with are "playfullness" and "firmness". With my particulars, I suppose firmness is a priority over playfullness. But that should be tempered with considerations of my age and slowing trend.
I can only afford one ski for my quiver. Based on other threads and the ski shop recommendations, it seems I should be considering the Blizzard Brahma, Volkl Kendo or RTM81, and K2 Amp 82XTi. Does that sound right? I have no preferences on brand, model year or graphics. While budget is fair, price does have a bearing on the decision. Any recommendations?
Thanks in advance,