I've been searching the board for a few days now and thought I would make my own post. I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for in the searches.
I've been snowboarding for 25+ years and am looking to change over to skis. I skied for a few years as a kids before getting in to snowboarding in the late 80's while working at a ski/windsurf shop that I worked at in Hood River, OR. After that I was a snowboard instructor for a few years at Mt. Hood in the 90's but this was before you could become PSIA certified in snowboarding. I used to race alpine snowboards in custom fitted ski boots and slammed gates with local skiers during City League nights.
I'm technically minded and try to visualize what I will be doing on snow and read "The Skiers Edge" in the 90's to help me learn techniques to apply to racing and just picked up "Ultimate Skiing" to be able to visualize what I will be doing on the snow with the new to me shaped skis. I'm hoping to transition pretty smoothly to two planks, but I don't have crazy hopes of hitting the backcountry on the skis this season, that is if we actually get any snow. I also like pina coladas and long walks in the rain... :)
Sorry for the long background story - I just realized how much I typed out! I figure the background might help, If not I apologize. I guess I'm trying to say I'm much like the typical snowboarder compared to the guys I generally meet on the mountain.
I'm looking to get into skiing to see the mountain through a fresh set of eyes and to take better advantage of the back and side country at Crystal. I also feel like skiing has a longer/harder learning curve so I can always be learning in years to come. We also have toddlers that will be starting to ski next year and I wanted to be on skis and not a board when they start.
This might so a little zen or something, but I am also starting to feel that how I use the slope and fall line is different than the majority of advanced skier traffic on the hill and I am constantly going across the better skiers fall line and inadvertently getting in the way. I'm going the same speed as they are normally but I am hooking in and out of trees, drops and chutes - just generally going back and forth on the slope and feel like I need to keep my head on a swivel to not cut other people off and not be "that guy". I would like to be riding more in the flow with the skiers and not need to ride with 110% defensive awareness. I'm hoping changing to skis will help with this and I will be using the slope more like what I see the skiers doing and fit more in line with what they expect someone on the slopes to be doing on the snow. I hope that makes sense.
I am looking for good boots which is the priority. I have a very low volume "skin and bones" flat foot and and am starting to shop around for new mid stiffness boots and used skis. My son and I have passes at Crystal Mt. Resort in WA state and there is a boot fitter on mountain where they sell Lang boots. I was eyeing the Lang SX 80's but haven't tried them on yet. Anyone have boot opinions on what I should be trying on or is that a good starting place?
I was intending to rent skis after getting my own boot that I can grow with, but stumbled across a used pair of Line Prophet 90's with Marker M900 bindings in 165cm for a great deal. I'm 5'8" and 175lbs. Should I even be looking at 165's or the Prophet as a beginner? I want a ski I can grow with and not need to rent so I can just hop on the chair in the morning and go but I have next to no idea what I want to be looking for in length and model.
That said the price is good, so if this proves to be too short I can re-sell them and get a longer pair in the future. The Prophets sound like amazing skis for what I want to be doing and always believed in buying a board (or skis) for what I want to be doing two years from now, but let me know if I'm off base with the Prophet in a 165.
Thanks for any guidance. Hopefully you guys are in the mood for another crossover snowboarder asking a bunch of noobish questions.