I've been skiing about 3x a year in Quebec and NY, for about a decade. I would say I am an intermediate skier who excels on hard pack, groomed, and icy surfaces PROVIDED the terrain isn't too steep and the speed is controlled.
Currently own a pair of Head Lite Thangs in 146 cms (107-65-97)I am 5'3", 145 lbs. For what it's worth, you can barely see the metal edge on my ski (which, incidentally, works really well on gradual terrain at slow speeds).
I have begun taking lessons on a hill that is quite steep, even on the green runs. I am REALLY struggling on the steeper runs and have taken a number of falls on the hard pack at fast speeds because my instructor says my ski edges aren't biting into the snow. It's been a miserable experience.
I've been looking at upgrading to one of the following intermediate skis:
- Head Mya 3 (119-71-104)
- TechnoPro Safine Prestige (120-74-104)
- Salomon Enduro LX 750 (125-76-105)
Will a new ski make a difference or should I just keep working on technique? My classmates are progressing well, but I am not.