Wish you the best with your ski choice.
What do other people think of these skis for me as a beginner/intermediate skier for use on groomed trails in typical icy/hard packed conditions of the North East?
Dynastar Chrome 68 Skis + Xpress 10 Bindings 2014
$239 from Evo
Turning radius: 12m
Available in 149/156/163/170 cm lengths
The Head Rev 70 with Salomon 2015 Z12 Ski Bindings Black/Blue 80mm Brake
~$218 ($99 ski / $119 binding) from levelninesports
Turning radius: 12.8m
Available in 156/170 cm lengths
I would use the skis in the North East, primarily NY/PA since I would drive from NJ to get to the slopes.
Some background information: (Apologize in advance for the wordiness)
I am 5'11" (180cm) Weigh ~230lbs (although I am working towards getting to 180-190lbs)
I skied in the North East.
Last 2 years: I skied 4 days at Whitetail (2014 Feb 15-16 & 2015 Feb 14-15) and 1 day at Shawnee (2015 Mar 17).
Prior to that I have only skied an additional 3-4 between NY (Mt Cortina I think) and NJ (I forget exactly were) over the previous 25 years (starting late 80s)
I can ski the green runs at Whitetail without trouble. I tried 2 blue trails (not including Stalker) this year (Snow Dancer / Limelight) but found the trails too icy for my ability.
Hockey stops are no problem. I use it when I need to scrub speed. I need to work with my parallel skiing. It is not bad, but I know it can be improved. I need to keep forward on my skis (feel pressure on the shins of my boots). I turn by primarily skidding the skis on the snow, but I would like to carve.
I want to ski better and more often. Listening to a friend's advice (get good boots first with a boot fitter), I decided to get a boot fitted for me. (Found a boot fitter at SkiBarn in NJ and chose SALOMON X PRO 90) The boots fit snug as a firm handshake. They actually were smaller (26.5) than what I rented at Whitetail (28.5) and probably stiffer as well.
I could not wait to use the boots skiing so I went to Shawnee this week (2015 Mar 17). After some minor adjustments with bindings and using thinner socks (I originally tried to use thicker wool socks, but it became uncomfortable for my feet). I think I skied well (for me) on the greens and some blues. (I thought Shawnee's upper mountain blues were as easy (or easier than) as the greens at Whitetail although Lower Delaware had a part that was more difficult than the blues I tried at Whitetail.)
The snow was softer and more slushy(? not sure of right term) on Shawnee than Whitetail. (Shawnee had warmer weather 45°-50° F vs sub-32° F at Whitetail). It was great with few people on the slopes although only one lift (High Speed Quad == Tomahawk - Express) was operating that day. I enjoyed my skiing. I think I could make a better comparison if the snow was similar at both places. At times I thought it was difficult to move through the softer snow at Shawnee.
Another difference: At Whitetail I skied on 160s/150s Elans (not sure of type, but I think they were Exar e-rise). At Shawnee, I used a 170cm Elan Exar e-rise 120/77/104 (15.8m)
A side note: Shawnee could be tricky when packed with skiers since most of the trails meet in the middle of the mountain (Indian Queen & Meadows) and all the green trails funnel into two then one green trail (Lower Pennsylvania & Minisink funnel into Greenhouse).
Thanks in advance for your constructive advice.