Ive been online for days. Yesterday from noon til 11. Ridiculous. I just am seeing too many conflicting reports and great reviews of brands I've never heard of. Anyway, hope y'all can help me out.
Where in the world are you skiing? We ski Keystone and will try A-Basin a day or two this year. Blues and greens. No blacks unless its Afton Alps in which case all blacks are green elsewhere.
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry) So far strictly groomed and I am buying this ski only for groomed. I have no intention of riding in the park and I do intend to end up in the bowls someday but then I'll buy a ski for that.
How many days a year do you ski? 10-12 for a total of maybe 20-22 days. I skied a LOT of cross country as a kid and young adult. Skied them downhill as well so it was easy to take up downhill skiing and progress quickly. My wife has 12 years of downhill experience and on terrain we both know I excel. On new terrain she excels.
How advanced are you as a skier? I've read how folks dont like the ski 'level' system but I'll use it for this answer. At Keystone I consider myself a 5 with many level 6 characteristics. I am solidly a 5 and man do I love to ski! If I had skied as a kid I would be poor and never have met my wife. But, I cant say I'd be a sad and lonely man as I'd be grinning with my ski bum friends.
What's your height and weight? 6' 2 3/4" 215lbs.
So in addition I will say that I ski with my family. So while I love speed I need a ski that loves my weight while loving to play around at lower speeds on the blues at Keystone. Last year I skied every blue at Keystone except one, which I walked down because it scared the hell out of me. I fell twice on it and after that I just couldnt get up the guts to continue. Ina told me it should really be a dark purple. I dont remember which it was but it was on The Outback. Probably Porcupine but could have been Oh, Bob. Either way, to me it was just straight down madness. I also will say that what I was having serious trouble with at that run was getting started again after the first fall. I couldnt bring myself to dive straight down it so I wanted to start "hopping" back and forth. I would have preferred to go diagonal across the thing but there were a lot of people and I didnt want to be in their way. So I got to the side and started trying the "hopping" left and right. My skis are 186cm BBRs and 2kg plus bindings each. Not super heavy but that nose just kept whipping around and getting in each others way, so I continued to trip myself up. I love skiing these skis but in that same situation again I would prefer something lighter and shorter with less of a nose on it. Whats great about the BBRs for me is that they are super stable, hold on great on ice, fast and when you learn to use just the edges for carving its just fantastic. They get so fast and smooth carving, but on the other hand thats when I get to far from my family and its about spending time on the slopes with them.
I just bought 2015 Volkl RTM Jr for both daughters. $79 used in perfect condition with bindings!!! Bargain! BTW that was at banhoff if you need the same deal. My wife tells me she things Volkl are the best out there and maybe they are but I am seeing lots of great talk about Blizzard, Elan and Kastle as well.
One thing thats been eating at me is the length. I see lots of guys my size skiing over 190. Probably they are better than me and are bombing down the hill. I love to turn and enjoy the Gs of turning large fast turns and when I get to a steep area with lots of uneven terrain I dont want to have skis that resist picking my way through. Like on Mozart last year. You get near the bottom and there is this steep bowl looking area with lots of bumps (not made of snow but of land) that you need to navigate at a slower speed. Skis at 190 would be a problem for me there. Then, I head over to a British forum and all the guys my size are running 175 or even 170. I was a bit perplexed.
I guess thats a good and confusing start but now you know how I feel! Oh, my boots are Lange XT 120. I love them. They are quite tight and thats they way I like it. I like to feel like my feet are the ski.