I'm getting back into skiing after a long break, and was wondering what would be ideal for someone of my size. I see lots of recs for heavier guys, but not many for lightweights -
Where in the world are you skiing?
-USA, west coast(though might move to east coast)
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
-Right now, groomed, though the local mountain(Mt. Hood), can get very cruddy at times with many inches of frozen/thawed snow on the runs at times. I want to eventually venture into moguls & ungroomed runs, but if I need different skis for those, I can pick them up later.
How many days a year do you ski?
-Judging from my current rate, 10-12
How advanced are you as a skier?
-Intermediate - Groomed Blue Squares are enjoyable in good conditions, with lots of crud on them, less so, but still manageable. I can do parallel turns & link turns, but I do take the steep parts slower.
What's your height and weight?
5 ft. 8 in. 120 lbs, this weight won't be changing anytime soon, based on my history
Price isn't an issue, but I really don't need the absolute best to learn. If I can pick up a used pair of decent skis, I am ok with that.
Also how important are the bindings? Does performance/safety increase with increasing cost?
I've been recommended by a friend to look at Volkl Mantras, and by a shop to look at Volkl Kendo 163's, would those be a good option for me? I worry that at my level & weight, they might be too stiff for me.
Edit: I've been using only rental skis & boots until now, but just bought a lange RX100 boot today. Haven't tested it out/had it molded yet.
Edited by Varun916 - 1/31/15 at 10:22pm