Hello forum, I've lurked in the past and I think this is my first post - thank you all for any thoughts you might have on my gear question! Basically I'm looking for some skis and bindings - perhaps from a previous model year so I can get a good deal on them? Here's the basic info:
Where in the world are you skiing?
- New Hampshire mostly (Loon, Attitash, Sunapee, Bretton Woods, Waterville etc), sometimes Vermont (Killington)
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
- Groomers are my favorite, occasionally venture into the trees and steeps. Hate moguls (bad knees)
How many days a year do you ski?
- 5 - 7
How advanced are you as a skier?
- Intermediate +, I've been skiing off and on for about 30 years but haven't taken many lessons (since I was a kid). Haven't found a slope in the Northeast I can't handle (moguls excepted) but see below for my preferred style.
What's your height and weight?
- I am a 5'11" and 170 lb man
I started skiing again in 2010 after a bit of a hiatus (doing other winter sports), and I picked up some slightly used Head Monster iM78s in 167 cm with Tyrolia SP100 bindings. I had them setup by a shop at the mountain but I forget which mountain - maybe Waterville :) I've really gotten to like carving groomers, and ski a bit on steeps and ice if I'm feeling particularly youthful that day. I'm still learning to carve properly and sometimes I feel like the Heads I have are too heavy and too fast for my skill level, even though I went with a slightly shorter length on the Heads to lower the speed a bit. Is there a ski with a more "mellow" ride, ie. slower and lighter, out there? I really like how tight the turns on the Heads are though and would love to find something with as small a sidecut as possible to get more of that feeling of carving really tight turns. Presumably with better technique I could get that feeling too.
Thank you everyone for your thoughts, if any!