Long story short, I've been skiing for over 20 years. Home base is southern New England. Was a solid advanced intermediate for the most part, skiing Vail, A-Basin, Alta. Nothing crazy, mostly blues and the occasional single diamond. Skied black diamonds in southern NE. Took a 5 year break due to a bad boot experience. Spent a lot of money on a boot that never fit in the first place, and tried fixing it, wasted a lot of days and money. Lost interest in the sport.
This year, with all the snow we've been getting, I decided to try and get boots that actually fit. Found a pair that work, and I'm HOOKED again. I'm now very determined to get better and do more skiing overall. I'm not a huge fan of winter, and we've had one of the worst (best?) ever, but this is what is getting me through it.
My current skis are some ancient Line 175cm Darkside Carbons. I got them about 10 years ago. I really don't know much about them, except they seem to be rather soft. I've had them for a long time, as I always figured technique was more important than the ski. Now I'm wondering if they are a hindrance.
Recently, I skied Stowe. First day was great. Second day, they got some snow and the trails were pretty chewed up at the end of the day. I'm not sure if it's my lack of skill, lack of muscle endurance, or the skis - but I felt like I was REALLY fighting the snow getting down the mountain. To the point where my legs were absolutely killing me (burning/cramping) by the lower 1/3rd of the runs.
I feel like these skis just bounce over "crud" and have very little stability, and were getting very "wobbly" (laterally) on me.
I intend on heading up to Mt Snow next weekend to get a private lesson to see what I'm doing wrong. I feel like I'm working too hard, but I'm wondering how much is me and how much is the skis, or a combo of both? I think my technique is okay, I shift my weight to the front of my feet, ski with my upper body static and poles up, but I still struggle a lot turning in choppy/heavy snow.
Since I'm really dedicated to improving and I don't think these Lines are helping, I'm looking at new skis. I'm thinking of getting some now, before my next trip, while prices are super low at the end of the season.
After researching a bit, Volkl Kendo's are high on my list. I'm 5'11" and around ~195-200#. What length should I be looking at? 177 or 184?
Any other skis to recommend? It's definitely overwhelming the number of choices, but they seem to be a favorite as an all-rounder and won't limit my progression like some 'intermediate' skis. I also like they way they look (not a fan of the gaudy neon graphics on many skis).
Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated!