Longtime lurker here. So much great information!
45 years old
100% Eastern skiing on these (I rent if I travel)
80% groomers, 20% trees/crud
ski ~30 days/year
well fitted boots w/custom beds
For the last 5 years I've skied Blizzard Magnum Ti 8.1s in 181cm. These are probably too short. Most skis are when you're my size. ; )
I really like skiing fast, but had a decent crash a couple of years ago where I separated my shoulder and tore a meniscus. Since that I've slowed down quite a bit. So before, when I would usually be the first down the hill among my group, I'd like to focus on slowing things down this winter and improving my technique/skills.
So my question is this: What are some options for an all-mountain Eastern ski that might be a little softer, and help me focus on turns/technique rather than speed? And also work for my size? Tough for me at demo days because they don't usually have the longest size of any given model.
Tried Volkl RTM80s and hated them; just didn't feel like they had any snap; very dead feeling.
I'm intrigued by Kastle, including the MX88, partly because it comes in a 188. I've also looked at some of the more all-mountain Blizzards like the Brahma.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions,