So everyone thinks their issue or question is unique, and therefore people assume they did not search first. I searched for three days now, in fact I joined this site because of my searches. I need help gathering information on what kind of ski to buy. Specifically I am wanting to know about waist, rocker, camber and effectiveness on my local (read: groomed and chopped up well used groomed I think is called crud, frontside in eastern PA) slopes. Me as a skier, this is my second year and I can ski everything at Spring Mt and most everything at Bear Creek (Not the mogul field and the blacks I did without falling but am not even close to comfortable.) Skied 12-16 day last year, and I did not start till Mid-January with lots of private lessons, I hope for 20+ days this year. My goal is to be able to ski greens and blues in comfort all over eastern PA this year.
The catch, there is always a catch otherwise it would not be unique: I am fat, very fat in fact, roughly 260,(down from 277 last year) at an amazingly average 5’11” height. Also I am formerly an athlete and am not weak, despite the desk job. Everything I read suggests heaver skiers need stiffer skis or they will chatter when speed is gained, just as my rentals last year did.
How do you find how stiff a ski is? How stiff do I want it?
Can someone suggest a width combination front/waist/tail that I am roughly looking for to carve tight little turns as I cruse from one side to the other of the trail.
So I am looking for things to look for, because I am looking at closeouts and used skis, as opposed to the latest and greatest, as I would rather spend on lift tickets, as opposed to equipment. (Have boots since day 2 and only need skis and poles)
Request clarifications as necessary.
Mod note: moved to Ski Gear from Beginner Zone, added to thread title