I'm 47 and have been skiing off and on since I was a teenager, but with some long gaps where I didn't ski at all. But, good news is I've been back at it again for several years now and I'm looking to purchase some skis again, but a bit lost with all the choices in the All Mountain category.
I live in California and ski a couple weeks a year, mainly in Mammoth or Tahoe, and sometimes make it out to the Rockies. I would call myself Adv or Adv Int. That said, I wouldn't say I am super aggressive. I don't seek out the steepest face to conquer, or the most challenging chutes, or feel like I have to be the fastest on the mountain all the time. I guess I tend to be a bit more laid back these days, but I don't want a ski that limits me either. I mean, I can be aggressive at times, and I like to go fast…but I also don't want to get a ski that's so demanding that it will get tiresome when I just want to have fun skiing with my wife or daughter, or when I am just getting a little tired in the afternoon. By the way, I am 5'10" and 175lbs.
Out west, I feel like we see it all. Sure, I love a big powder days! But I feel like there are a ton of days where I deal with ice in the morning, hard pack, groomed runs mid day and slush in the afternoon (and plenty of days with ice on top, slush on the bottom). Speeding down long empty cruisers (black or blue) on soft or hard snow doing GS turns brings a huge smile to my face, especially when it's the backside of the mountain and you can cut between the trees for some fun exploration off trail and play in unspoiled powder. Don't pound a lot of mogus anymore, don't have the legs, and don't do parks or air either. I like the idea of something better suited for powder so I can go after it more and make turns easier and float more. But the reality also is, unless one gets lucky and times a storm perfectly, I still end up skiing groomed or hard pack part of the day. I still need something that can handle that well, so it's a balance.
Here's a list of things that I have been reading up on, would love to hear from anyone about your thoughts and recommends! Which are the most versatile, the most demanding, the most forgiving…what sounds like that right balance for someone like me?
Rossignol Sin 7
Rossignol Soul 7
Rossignol Experience 88
Rossignol Experience 100
Volkl RTM 84
Line Supernatural 100
Stockli Stormrider 95
A lot of great skis there, but trying to find that right balance of versatility, fun, and performance. Thanks for your help!