Back in November I was looking to buy my first set of skis after renting for a long while. In that post, I wrote this:
I am a northeast skier that skis mostly PA and Vermont. I recently got fitted for a pair of boots and I am looking to pick up my first set of skis (I had a crappy experience with season rentals last year). Up until last season, I would ski a couple of weekends a season, never enough to really get any better. Last season though I got out around 20 times (probably a bit more, mostly in PA but with 7 days in Vermont), and I was able to ski enough that I was able to progress and get to the point where I can ski almost anything in PA and blues and some blacks in Vermont. Because I ski in PA a lot, I am on groomers or ungroomed trails with very little loose snow often, but when I get the chance, I enjoy going off the groomers and started getting in the trees a bit by the end of last season. I took a couple of lessons last year and I am able to carve sometimes but by the end of last year, I was still mostly skidding.
So, what I am looking for is a ski that is suited for PA skiing, that can handle some time off of the groomers. My skis last season were 166cm Volkl rtm 73s, these were on the short side for me as I am 6'1, 200lbs, but I asked for something shorter last year to learn with. I went to my local shop and told them I was looking for a ski that I can grow into without it being too far advanced for me, and they suggested the Motive 80s in 175 along with a set of Atomics that were a little narrower under foot (76mm I believe). Would these skis work for me? Thanks for any advice you can give!
Fast forward to now, I ended up purchasing a pair of Salomon Xdrive80ti in 170 from my local ski shop. Being the in the northeast, my first time out was New Years Eve at Smugglers Notch and on my second run, this happened:
I basically turned to stop and heard a pop, and my ski was snapped. After a fun ride down in the sled, I ended up demoing for the rest of the weekend. I probably should have been more practical in my choices of demo, but I ended up demoing a set of Kastle MX83 in 173 and Rossi Exp 88 in 180 (in my defense, I asked about the motive 80, 86, RTM 84 and Exp. 84 and they didn't have any for me to try, but I also thought it was pretty cool to ski a set of Kastles). The first day at Stowe when I was on the Kastles, the trails were pretty bumped up with pushed around snow. I felt in control and stable on the Kastles, and when I was able to find some open snow, I felt like I was getting them up on edge etc. I also felt in more control through the bumps (but that day was by far the most bumps I have ever skied). The second day on the Rossis was much better conditions wise, but I didn't feel like I had much control on them at all. They were too long (prior to the day before, the longest ski I had ever skied was a 163) and they felt super stiff. I would have liked to try them in a shorter length or tried the 84s but that is what I ended up with.
Once I got back from the trip, I brought the broken ski to my shop and Salomon got back to them today saying the would issue a credit to the store, and I am back to the beginning with my ski search. I am limited to getting skis from my shop, and they carry Fischer, Salomon (really don't want to go back on them), Blizzard, Atomic and Volkl. I think they can order a couple of other brands, but I would like to make the turn around as quick as possible. At one time, they pointed out the motive 80 to me, but I am wondering if there are any other options. Thanks for any advice!