Hi I am an recreational intermediate (may be advanced intermediate) skier with 15 ~20days skiing every season. I usually go to Niseko or other ski resorts in Japan with reason powder, mix of trees and bumps.
I think I am at intermediate level (maybe advance intermediate):
- Start craving and feel fun with it
- Getting confidence in black run mogul
- learning better short turns (Pivot and craved short turns) and tree runs
- Interested in skiing powder but not good at doing short turn in powder.
Will take lesson every seasons and want to progress to advanced level.
I am 49 years old, 169cm tall and 75kg (going to reduce 5~10 kg weight). Love skiing leisurely, and not very fast
I have been using my Volki RTM75 at 166cm length for 4 years. It seems that I am not confident on it now when I crave faster or skiing it faster in un-groomed areas, in particular feeling not very stable when crushing trough un-groomed snow. Of course, this might largely due to my skills but I am thinking if upgrading my ski can help.
I want my ski to last for a while and can be used through advanced level. Want it to be able to craving reasonably well, do well in bump, trees and able to ski some power/un-groomed snow if possible. I want light weight and easy to handle/control, not too stiff ski as I am not a strong person and may not have the proper skills to drive difficult skis, yet stability is very important.
As an intermediate skier and not dedicated to powder, I will not consider skis waist wider than 90mm. Best in the mid to lower 80. After some search in the internet, I am considering the following:
Kastle FX85HP (not sure if it is better than FX85 for my particular requirement)
Head Monster 88
Head Supershape Titan??
Atomic Vantage 85CTI
I think I may like to have the ski length in the 164~168 range as I am still progressing my craving skill, mogul skill and tree run skill. Don't like a too long a ski.
Demoing is not possible as no ski resort and no ski shop in my area. I go short trips to ski every seasons and demoing is not feasible.
Would appreciate your advices and opinions.