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5'6, 170lb, 40ish, Intermediate skier I guess
14/15 Volkl Kendo 163cm, Marker Griffon binding, Fischer Progressor 13 boots
My question is what skis should I get next.
Here's the background:
I skied since I was a kid, I actually can't remember ever learning to ski or ever having a lesson. I feel very competent on skis, but I never felt particularly stylish - certainly I never had any ski training during my formative years, but I had a lot of slope time - maybe 30 days a year in the Swiss and French Alps. Then, I didn't do it at all for 22 years. I started again 2 weeks ago :D
Now I have a son, and he is 4, and since I live in California, we decided to do a family trip to Tahoe. My wife is barely out of snow-plough and it would be my son's first time. So I had to buy all the gear. I mean, I could have rented and stuff, but enjoy those hobbies, right? I didn't want to spend an atrocious amount, so I bought as nice boots as I could afford that felt comfortable, and then some skis from last season at what seemed a nice price. Figuring I could decide what to get later in the season.
I got out on the snow and I was pretty decent. Lots of fun. Turning those tiny (last thing I skied was a 180cm in the 90s) little skis was really enjoyable and I felt pretty decent. I visited as much of heavenly as I could skiing some powder, flat stuff, steepish stuff, moguls. I mean, I just skied old style with the new skis
The only thing I couldn't do was schuss - you know schuss? The tuck, whatever. I couldn't do it flat! The tips would wobble like a criminal in a church, so I was forced to glide around edge to edge to maintain speed on the long flat areas in Heavenly - going slow you are likely to be run over by a 3 hour snowboarder.
Oh, and I didn't carve. Wtf is that. Is sliding bad now? Isn't it the same thing as I just described in the tuck position? I did try it a bit, I seem to have pretty good hip discipline and I can get forward enough to let my skies go like that. But like, wtf, is that skiing now? I am happy to learn to ski like that and just scream down a mountain - but is that what you (skiing) want from me? I thought I looked pretty nice coming down a steepish set of mogul under the chair lifts. I swear someone shouted something at me!
Also, I spent way too much time on the greens with my wife. Which was not exactly enjoyable, but quite fun because I can practice technique, and an absolute requirement. The other place I was in a lot was the bunny slopes with my son. That puts my ratio something like this:
Slopes with myself, moguls, steeps 60%
Green slopes with my wife: 20%
Bunny slopes with my son: 15%
Off piste: 5% (because I went the wrong way or I wanted to look good in front of a snow boarder)
I reckon the type of ski I want is a all mountain ski, but much more suited to slalomish behaviour, and used much more on piste, and a lot of the time used at unbearably slow pace. I have been round and around the brands and types, and I think some of the stockli "all mountain" skis look nice, with a tiny waste.
However, I am pretty sure could ski most things with most skis, I mean - that's what I always used to do as a kid. One ski, right? Moguls - ouch, powder - ouch but fun, flat ground - bomb it, steep - TURN, etc so I started looking at some of the other narrow skis, and omg, and now I am totally lost. I just need some advice please.
I will be in mammoth for a week soon, and happy to demo 3 or 4 skis if that is enough. Help, please.
Edited by failtocrushit - 12/13/15 at 3:05pm