Hello fellow heavy skiers,
I need some help with some new skis.
The short version
43yrs 6'4", 295lbs 4th season coming up, Easy cruiser, CSIA level 1 instructor
Volkl RTM 75, 173cm Head Vector 100 boots
Looking at Atomic Blackeye or Crimson Ti's, Volkl RTM 84 and others
I would like recommendations on what to try, lengths, and also should I look at stiffer boots?
If you have time, please read the rest for a more detailed picture.
I'm not huge fat, but definitely not slim either ;o) Eastern skier
Never really athletic, played softball, and volleyball sparingly.
Cycled a lot in jr high, and HS. Not sure if this helps, but can't hurt.
This will be my 4th season skiing. I got my CSIA level 1 at the start of last season.
Was an assistant instructor the season before.
I'm being told by my fellow instructors that I should be on better skis at this point, if I want to improve.
I like easy cruising
More power than finesse
I am starting to carve (on purpose, finally) ;o) Still working on the stack
Every now and then I'll drop the hammer and lay some speed on
Mostly on groomers, but being an instructor, I have to ski it all, crud, fresh stuff, ice...
Even with my training, and tips from senior instructors, I still feel like I am lacking control a lot of the time.
I know the only way to choose a ski is to get on it, but I would like some suggestions as to what to try.
From what I've read, here and other sites, I am thinking of
Atomic - Blackeye Ti, Crimson Ti
Blizzard - Brahma
Rossignol - Experience 80,83,88 Pursuit HP, Avenger 82 Ti
Volkl - RTM 84, Kendo,
The local shop owner, who has seen me ski, had me demo these, but I thing he may just be trying to move stock.
Nordica - Dobermann Spitfire Pro, Volkl Racetiger SC UVO
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.