Just getting back into the groove after a long term hiatus from skiing (decades). I wasn't sure how I'd get on and didn't fancy hiring so just pulled trigger on basic shoes and ski - after a few days I am am all in and ready to start skiing again. definitely sure the boots are way too soft (70 flex) and suspect skis are too flexible too (2013 Atomic Nomad Blackeye 181, not the Ti version). I weigh 110kg and am 193 - I guess I am an intermediate and hoping to progress to advance so need a pair that would take me there as I will be skiing 20-25 days/season. My skiing weight used to be 90 so hope to be able to get back in shape while improving my ability too.
I am more inclined towards short to medium turns so a slalom carver is more appealing to me, will never be a speed demon so aim will be 100% technique. I do not venture off the hard stuff so strictly a piste ski would do, I also have some moguls to tackle in my fav runs and I get morning ice in the last third of the season.
I know I need to pick up a ski that is one or two levels above my ability to compensate for my extra weight and it needs to be pretty strong/heavy. I have had a hell of a job figuring the right ski to buy, i am trying to stray away from SL ones as I think they might be too playful & fast for my ability. Intermediate to advance ones are probably too soft so trying to choose a 2nd or a firm 3rd level SL or a SL/GS hybrid. I am also staying away from wider all mountain ones as I probably keep the Blackeyes for early season and heavy snow days (its got an 81 waist) so hoping to keep it between the 70-76 range. These have been my consideration;
Stockli Laser SC ..... Front runner
Volkl Racetiger SC UVO
Volkl Code speedwall S / L
Fischer Progressor 900
Dynastar CR 74 Pro R20 Racing
Head i.supershape speed
Also need to figure out the right boot flex to go for too (110-120?). I will be seeing a proper boot fitter (one of the best in UK is near me) but will be good to hear from others in same boots - I do not have the possibility to test or hire skis either. Would be great to hear from others who know what I am on about, thanks guys.