so i started late, i'm 39 and this is my second full season. I'm in the northeast and totally hooked, i'm 6'6", about 410, and i'm sking greens and less steep blues comfortably (i can get down from the top of loon, bretton woods, etc. on the easier routes down no problem). So i'm skiing on 174 rossignol pursuit Tis, that are 74 underfoot. I notice that when it gets soft at all out there (thinking about the mashed potatoes at the base of loon i skied through late last february, or this past monday at wachusset where there were spots with a fresh 4 inches of manmade piled up because no one was out skiing at 9 pm in 11 degree weather), my skis bog down, and the tails are like magnetically stuck in a line, i can't even get the tails to breakout if i throw my whole weight against them. Also in the mashed potato snow, i'm being steered by any firmer patches, and not breaking through really well. Finally, when i hit about 18-20 mph, and there is any kind of terrain turbulence, the skis are shaking like crazy and i'm slamming on the breaks because it feel like they're about to come out from under me.
so i want to buy another pair for days when it's not bulletproof groomer out there, but i'm still not sure of how length, width, shape, laminate materials etc. come in to play for the specific situations I've described. I'm pretty sure that at my weight, my Rossi's are short and that i'll want to bump up to the largest thing i can get in a model (though, maybe i'm wrong). and i'm wondering if that bogged down feeling is a function of the narrow width or manmade snow with too much moisture, or what. and i'm wondering if I need as stiff a ski as i'm skiing now, or if i should be looking for the stiffest damn thing i can find because 400 pouds of me is gonna bend anything i can get my hands on as much as i'll ever need it to.
anybody got any suggestions for new rides, or any thoughts on what i'm describing above and ways to deal with it on my current set up?
i'm headed up to jay peak at the end of the month and looking forward to the trip, and maybe demoing some new joints while i'm up there. i also spend a large part of my free time wishing i lived closer to a big mountain and trying to figureout how to find an IT job at a resort :D, because i am apparently a crackhead.
thanks for taking the time to read this brain dump!
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