First post. Whoot!
I started skiing at 4, but got stopped at 9 and started back up again at 12, and have been skiing for four years past that. For all you non-mathematicians, that makes me 16.
I'm an middle intermediate level skier looking at buying a new pair of skis. I am currently beating the crap out of a pair of Rossignol Bandit B74's I got a few years back as a gift, but I am finding more and more that the ski is very heavy and slow for some of the bump/tree skiing I have recently begun teaching myself. I'm 6'3", 166 but still growing- I'll probably plateau at 6'4" next year.
I'm looking for a light, all mountain ski that has enough edge grip for some of the bad ice days I frequently see at Sugarbush. After some research, I really like the Hell and Back Steadfast 185 by Nordica, or possibly a Solomon rocker 2 90 185.
The thing is, I have no idea what I'm doing, as I have never bought a ski for myself, plus I'm cheap. Is my research on base? Have you seen a very inexpensive pair of Hell and Backs?
In return, I give you this great, practically hypnotic video on bump skiing.