The flight has been booked, accomodations set. I'm going to be flying out from NJ at the end of February to ski Vail. Needless to say, I'm very excited!
I have only been skiing for 5 years but I am passionate about it and I've progressed fairly quickly. I'm totally self taught and I'm sure I have some bad habits which my athleticism compensates for, but I do watch videos and try to consciously apply what I learn. I live outside NYC and I ski Hunter Mt. most frequently, were I am comfortable going fairly fast on black and double black trails. I started to venture into the trees my last trip to Vermont and love it, even though i'm not great at it. The only thing that makes me a little uncomfortable is moguls on super steep double black trails, but even then I'm game as long as the crowds are thin.
This will be my first trip out west and I am really looking forward to ski in actual soft snow. I'm most looking forward to hitting the backbowls. I'm writing this post to get some advice on what a first time skier should be aware of when skiing in the back bowls at vail. I would also like to get some opinions on whether or not my current gear is up to snuff for the conditions I'll likely face.
I have 2 older sets of skis; K2 Seth Vicious 179 (98 waist) and Nordica Hot Rod Afterburners 178 (84 waist). Although I love the Nordicas, I think the smaller waist and metal will hurt me in the backbowls ( they do rip on hard snow though). Will the Seths do the job at Vail? They arent great in icey conditions but I'm hoping I wont encounter any. Would it be smart to leave them both behind and just rent? What do you guys think?
Any suggestions on anything, even places to drink, would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.