I grew up skiing in Colorado but stopped 20 years ago, I was advanced/expert at that time. I started up again 2 and a half years ago and have spent time demoing and getting to know skis again (Pretty much geeking out on skis really...) and looking to bounce some ideas off the good skiers here! Since I learned to ski on long straight boards the new shapes and tech is pretty amazing.
I'm mid 40's, 155lbs 6' tall, in good shape, and like to ski all over the mountain, all conditions, say 50/50 on and off piste. I'm comfortable at the lower end of advanced skiing, but am still struggling to get sorted out in really steep bumps and trees. I'd like to hit a solid advanced level, but I am never going to be jumping off cliffs etc. I have a season pass to Crested Butte so will be putting in a lot of time there this year.
I am getting my boots sorted out with a fitter (Though fitter suggestions are welcome.) and currently own Line Sir Frances Bacon 184's (108 width) and Nordica Hell and Backs 177's (100 width).
I got the SFBs after demoing them on a day with 8" of powder and never had so much fun. ( I don't ski in the park, but I am learning switch.) However, when the conditions are not as ideal I really missed getting up on edge and carving, so when I saw a great deal on some used Hell & Backs I grabbed them. They are great for what they do, but I'm hopeful to find something halfway between that and the Bacons: playful, and a little more forgiving but carvey and stable as well... is that too much to ask?
I may eventually get a dedicated powder ski, but right now that is not my priority, but I am thinking around 100 width.
For my height I'm pretty light, so I don't think I need super beefy skis. I'm finding my style to be more about agility, control and quickness rather than crushing through stuff.
There are some skis I'm interested in trying that might fit the bill and would appreciate any feedback on these skis or additional suggestions.
Line Sick Day 95