I didn't start skiing till 4 years ago when my youngish son came home one day and said "Let's learn how to ski!" I got hooked. I'm 50 years old now, and had to spend one of those seasons on the sidelines with an ACL ....from basketball, of course. It's repaired and doing great. This past season was my first back.
So, my progress in attaining expert status was hampered a bit by the injury, plus, I work my butt off and I get maybe 20 ski days in a year, half of which are at a small 400' vert hill in NY. I do almost all my skiing here and further upstate NY and one trip to VT if I am lucky. I will certianly be out west at some point, but I doubt it will be a regular occurance.
OK, so, I consider myself a sold upper intermediate skier, happy to try blacks, not quite ready to try double diamonds. I'm 6' 1" and about 200 lbs. I am fairly athletic, still play bball full tilt despite my history of injury.
I stick to groomers, but want to get into glades and bumps...just nothing too xtreme. Speed is not as important to me as a varied experience. I have taken some lessons, unfortunately, none of them have been to my liking and I think I have gotten little from them. The ski instructors weren't technical or discuss things in terms of biomechanics, more "feel" and illustrative technique..."watch me." I think I got more from Youtube. I thought by getting a lesson at a place like Plattekill it would better but it shows it is hit and miss money I don't have to burn.
I've been skiing on what I now know are skis that are probably too short for me, Atomic Nomads in a 167 length. I've looking around entranced by wider waist skis. Demo-ing in my neck is very hard...$75 bucks and they may or may not have the skis you want.
I was able to demo Dynastar Cham 97s and Line Supernatural 92 at Hunter Mountain. The Dynastar was one which I had read a lot about, so, was glad to try a pair. For that day, on hardpack, it was not the life-changing experience I had hoped for. The guy said, "try these again if it softens up." Now, the Line Supernatural 92's, on the otherhand, were fabulous! They just seemed so solid and cut through uneven snow like slicing bread. Both skis were skied in the 174cm length range.
So, I love the Supernaturals, but I doubt I can afford them yet. Here's another data point I am struggling with...a sales guy, who seemed very knowledgeable, asked all sorts of questions strongly suggested the Rossi Sin 7 in a 188cm length! I have researched the Rossi intensely and it does seem like a great ski...but what about the length?
50 years old, strong intermediate skier after 3 seasons, East Coast skiing, 6'1", 200 lbs, athletic build, want to ski bumps and glades and improve carving on groomers, not worried about speed.
If you have made it this far, I'd appreciate your opinions on:
- skis I have mentioned
- skis I should evaluate
- and any other .02 you care to pass on.
many thanks in advance!!