I see a lot of consideration given to skier weight. I'm 5'9", 145 pounds, and an intermediate skier. I skied in my 20's a few times and just moved to Salt Lake (now in my 50's), and skied maybe 20-25 times last year, and plan on more this year. I picked up some demo skis, Volkl Ledge in 162 length ... and really enjoyed them. I'm planning to buy some ski-swap used skis this year. They will probably be the last set of skis I buy without demo'ing skis. But I'll keep my old skis as a backup plan.
A lot of the comments are about the ski stiffness related to big men ... and I am a small man. I'm just going to buy some ski's in the size range 163-176 (my height is 175). I've read enough reviews to consider these:
Rossignol Experience 88
Nordica Hell and Back
Any thoughts on the stiffness relative to my weight? Should I just grab the tips and bend a bit to check for flex. I can calibrate a bit by bending my current skis.
I skied a few moguls in my 20's and only tried a single mogul filled run ... led by my daughter. It was too much for me as I had to fight to go 10 feet forward and then stop, and then another few bumps. I LOOOVE powder days, but I spend my time on defined runs, and I like groomed corduroy. I love speed, but my max (using SkiTrax) was usually high 40's in mph. There are some runs I know and enjoy just blasting right down the fastest line. The back on the lift and do it again.
This is an open ended topic ... feel free to recommend anything. But I do wonder whether the reviews are written by 180 pound skiers, who might call a ski floppy, but I would think it was decently stiff. Or complain they were sinking in powder while I might be surface skimming. I'm looking for the one ski that will be adequate for a lot of things. I know that eventually I'll have a few skis, including a powder ski, so if I leaned in one direction, it would be towards the groomer side, with the idea that I might next get a powder ski. The Ledge's I have are about 82 in the waist and I lean to around 90-ish as a compromise to powder. I found the Ledge's to be acceptable in powder.