I am 50 years old, am 6’ tall and weigh 225 pounds. I am in pretty good shape and an ex-athlete.
I have been skiing a long time, with long periods of skiing inactivity due to family and work, but almost exclusively on front side groomers.
I would say I am reasonable, I carve my turns and ski reasonably fast, but in control.
I have always skied on what are affectionately known as skinny skis.
I have never mastered powder or ungroomed fresh snow, or come anywhere near mastering it. My very brief, and mostly unintentional, forays into soft snow have usually resulted in lots of sinking, digging in, edge catching and weight being thrown backwards for some moments more likely to be on Americas Funniest Home Video than ESPN.
I realize that is mostly due to my lack of technique but is certainly not helped by the wrong tools in old technology, skinny, slalom or GS skis.
At the end of last year I got a pair of Head Rev 90 in a 175 length because they were dead cheap.
OMG – Night and Day. Should maybe have got the longer length but they were not on sale.
I now have the chance to ski a day or two on my own in Utah (Brian Head) without kids, without anyone wanting to ski slower, or faster, or go to lunch, or need the bathroom, or need to change their boots.
I am going to do what everyone always recommends when someone wants to improve. Don’t buy new equipment, get some lessons.
I appreciate that powder skis will not a powder skier make, but learning on the right equipment can only help.
I can hear the collective roar from the forum, demo, demo, demo until you find something you like, but I do not have the time or the inclination to go by the ski shop on my precious little time to find that they do not have my length or the ski that I want. So I am going to buy a pair of skis, put some bindings on them and they are going to be my powder skis as of my first lesson, which will be 9.00 am on my day off.
Houses, Women and Cars – I do a limited amount of research, I make a choice based on what I like the look of and I stick with it.
With Skis, rather like the aforementioned Houses, Women and Cars, I believe that within a certain class, they all behave the same.
If I get a 115-125mm wide ski with rocker from a reputable brand in the right length for me, there may be some minor differences, but which ever one I pick, will be the best pair of powder skis I have ever owned, bar none.
So with that said, I am looking at a pair of Atomic Bent Chetler 2016 skis in the 192 length for $750 and I also see the same ski but the 2014 version for $500. I get 10% credit back from REI and they do not have the 2014s.
Evo have the 2013 Rossi Super 7 skis in 195 for $340 and the reviews are glowing.
The current Rossignol S7s (Soul, Sin, Smash etc) seem to be either loved or considered over rated. They are said to be user friendly though…
There are also great deals on Volkl One and Two skis with the 2013/4 models going for $250-300
There is also a great deal on the Dynastar Cham 127 189 powder freeride, but everyone says this is a handful for anything but an expert, and I am not sure what hard charging means exactly, but I believe them, so they are out. I believe the Volkl Two’s could also be a handful, especially for me.
I am not limited by price per se, but I do not need to spend an extra $400 for the latest graphics if the ski is essentially the same as last years model.
So I think I am down to the Bent Chetlers or Rossis, or the Volkl One if there was overwhelming support.
However, also open to suggestions.
Thanks in advance.