What a forum! Been doing a lot of reading and lurking. As you can all see, I'm a noob here. I might still be confused after a 15 yr hiatus but here goes. I think I've narrowed my search for a new pair of skis down to 2. Given my size and ability I just assumed I would need the longest ones available but felt the need to get input from 'those-in-the-know'. Here's the details.
Where: 99% Mid Atlantic little hills and NE resorts but would like to be able to take them west for a week.
Ability: Advanced. Started water skiing at 5 and snow skiing around 8 or 9. Ex NSPS patroller and (ex) beer league racer.
Old Equipment: Atomic Arc SL (203cm), GS (210cm). Took 'em all over North America in all kinds of conditions and all kinds of front-side slopes and western back bowls (and liked it!) Used my GS's heli skiing in the Selkirk's. (worked up a good sweat that day! Would not do that again!)
Age 55, 6'3", 180#, in good shape, haven't been on skis in 15 years.
Desires: 1. Something that will carve short to medium size turns and not have the tail lose it's grip when needed most. Something in between a SL and GS race ski from a turn perspective.
2. It would be nice if it could handle a wide range of front side conditions and if I found my self in a back bowl with broken powder, they would be serviceable, not spectacular, but serviceable. (subjective I know).
3. I'm speculating but I think the longitude flex would be a hair softer (and more even tip to tail) than a non-FIS SL or GS ski but not having been on a shaped ski, I could be wrong here. Torsional flex like a non-FIS SL ski would be nice. I'm expecting ice in forecast.
4. I do venture into moguls so as long as the tips and tails aren't too stiff, they'll be fine but this is lower on the tradeoff scale. I'm not looking for a mogul ski.
5. Coming from the full camber, long and skinny world, I'm thinking of staying in this realm but a very very (very!) modest tip rocker might be acceptable.
So back to my question, am I in the right ballpark as far my narrowed list of skis? If so, which length?