First post so sorry if I break some rules just trying to get a little quick turn advice on my real first big gear purchase in like forever and trying to not screw it up!
As the title states I am looking for an all mountain front ski that I can take on groomers, do moguls, follow borders into some powder and chop through crappy snow (because I have it). I primarily ski in Tahoe, but I have also been trying out new places. BC, Utah, CO, Europe. I want something that can do a lot of varied terrain.
Background: 5'11 195# 30 yo skiing since I was 4, but I don't get as many days in a year as a want typically ~ 5-15. I am coming from a ski i have been on for a VERY VERY long time. And it has done me okay. I got the ski in early high school and know absolutely nothing about what type of ski it is. Other than being old and straight. I am coming from a 174 Rossignol VR2. Looks very similar to this. I know it is thin 85/65/75 and I have been doing my best to ski it everywhere. I would say I am an advanced skier, but I certainly don't charge double black steep bowls, blacks are fine but heavy crud and powder are difficult for sure. On these skis I am not good in powder, but follow my boarding friends anyway and manage. I definitely enjoy some moguls now and again.
What I am looking for: After reading online and stopping in a few shops I have been looking at the following:
K2 Rictor 90XTI - 177 cm
Blizzard brahma - 180 cm
Dynastar power track 89 - 179 cm
Volkl Kendo - 177 cm
Line Prophet 90 -179 cm
I am not looking for anything extreme just something I can use to go mostly anywhere and does not hold me back trying to develop my technique and do more difficult runs.
Coming from a very skinny straight ski I don't think I want to jump to something 95+ in the waist. I am going up to Tahoe for a week and would like to buy something ahead of time, but I want to be confident that I will like it for a long while.
I am also looking at getting new bindings and boots. Boots I think are easy to buy... ~90 stiffness and fit good, snug and comfortable.
Binding...: How important are these to skiing feel? I did bust my ACL in switzerland a few years ago (repaired) and have been skiing the past two years with some getting back into the swing of things caution... My knee injury made me look into well... knee bindings... I was told they use old tech expect their lateral heel release. opinions? Just looking to not hurt my knee again.
Anywho, I am trying to buy these skis in the next week for my trip starting Feb 28th. Any help, advice or anything would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Edited by rtabagaboy - 2/21/15 at 12:57am