Any recommendations to me, I need (want) new skis.
I´m 5´8" and 150lbs in shape and probably upper intermediate(level 7?) skier, I truly don´t know, but I feel safe on skis.
I´ve skied since I was a kid but quit racing in my early teens, I´m now closing in on 40 and haven´t skied much the last ten years, now about 10 days a year. My current skiis are pair of 9 year old Salomon 165cm scrambler 8, they work but I don´t really like them. The scramblers are nice on a new (red/blue) groomer, decent on chopped up snow, but the don´t feel to support me on hard snow or ice, neither when pushed (steep red/normal black) but that could be me lacking in skills.
It´s almost impossible for me to demo skiis before purchase, also cost wise it´s easily two pairs and a weekend skiing for the cost of getting to a demo place and buying after a demo. I´ve read everything I could find and I have browsed the local skishops, so there is a shortlist.
1)I don´t want skiis above my ability to handle, a little challenge to keep learning and pushing myself is fine though.
2)I still spend most of my time on the hill playing around with my kids (and other beginners in the family) but I get more and more alone time to ski in my own pace. Learning snowboardning is a another way to combat boredom...
3)I want fun skis, that work well under most conditions, I rarely have the opportunity to venture off pist or enjoy powder.
I have had the following recommended by stores;
Salomon Q-85, 174cm
Dynastar Chamonix 87, 174cm
Scott the ski, ( to expensive)
Blizzard Brahma 173cm, since I enjoy beat up snow.
I´ve added the following to my shortlist
Blizzard Bushwacker, 173cm
Blizzard Brahma, 167
Blizzard Black Pearl, 166cm ( womens model but who cares? )
I lean heavily toward the 173cm bushwacker, I ski a little bit aggresive but I´m fairly light, short and a little bit rusty, so I fear it might be a tad long. All the skiis are priced equal around the equivalent of 400USD including bindings, one alternative is to wait to the end of the season or the next, the blizzard models are all from 2014 hence the price.
All and any advice is highly appriciated =)