I am a lurker of a couple of years. My basic stats are 30yo, 5'11.5", 180 pounds, skier of only four seasons. I get out from 8-25 days a season depending on my schedule and conditions. At this point, I have skied Stratton, Whiteface, Gore, Sugarbush, Jiminy, Mt Snow, Killington, Wyndham, Bromley, Bosquet, West, Magic (favorite), and maybe a few others. I have reached the level where I don't shy away from skiing any trail green to double diamond, but I can't say that I am skiing everything well. When I can, I love to ski in trees and I aspire to ski better in bumps (even though I currently don't think I am very good at it at all). I am not a huge fan of ripping in a straight line, but it seems there is a lot of that here, so I do it basically out of necessity. I seem to carve okay and I can't say that I hate it, I just don't have as much fun doing it. I have yet to spend any time in the park but I do like to get little bits of air here and there. Jumping is something I would like to get better at, but I will never aspire to go big. I should add that I am also trying to learn to ski backwards. I basically just like to ski all over the trail going into the trees on the sides and having as much fun as possible.
As I feel it is important, I will elaborate a bit on my physical condition. I used to power lift competitively and weighed about 40 pounds more at the time. I do feel that I have relatively strong legs, HOWEVER, I have a disability that causes me considerable issues while skiing--especially after a long day on the slopes. Several years ago I had a bilateral fasciotomy performed on the lower section (shins) of both legs due to chronic compartment syndrome. As a result, my legs get very crampy sometimes and can't handle too much abuse. All of this is very wordy and might seem superfluous, but I think it serves to explain some of my path below and reason for my inquiry.
The skis I have owned are as follows:
1) Rossignol experience 74 -- first pair of skis, sold
2) Dynastar Cham 87 -- These were purchased in my second season. After upgrading from these last season, I kept them and put AT bindings on in hopes of doing some back country skiing at some point. Last winter made this seem possible. This winter doesn't. My main reason for moving on from this ski was that my legs couldn't handle the chatter in the slop at the bottom of the mountain. It seemed like there was just too much flex. Beyond that, the ski was very maneuverable and a ton of fun!
3) Blizzard Bonafide -- I chose this ski last season because I wanted something much stiffer. I have found that this ski is a blast to ski and has no speed limit. With that said, it's a lot of work to ski the kind of terrain I want to ski with these. In hindsight, the Brahma may have been a better choice. Be that as it may, the Brahma isn't really a ski of interest for me right now.
Last week I tore up my bases skiing off trail at sugarbush. While the bonafides were in the shop for repair, I decided to demo a pair of Dynastar Powertrack 89. I really liked this ski and found it much easier to ski with. I loved the tight turning radius just as I loved it on my chams. It was a lot like the cham without the chatter. It also felt like it had no speed limit, but wasn't quite as stable as my Blizzard Bonafides are. Everything I attempted felt great (sadly, there was no woods skiing that could be done at Gore this weekend), but I did have one major complaint with the ski. When my legs got tired, the tails really seemed to hang up. I can't quite remember, but I think maybe the cham did this to me as well. I attributed this to the lack of rise. I've come to find that I do like to ski fast, but I also like to ski lazy and I prefer to be more playful than to constantly charge hard.
The PT89's are a contender to simply be a one ski quiver for me, but I didn't want to jump too soon. This weekend, I am lined up to demo the Nordica NRGy 90 and the Atomic Nomad Blackeye Ti. Both of these per the recommendation of a local shop owner and based on my thought that I think I would like to have some rocker in the tail.
All of that aside, there is one ski that intrigues (I can't stop looking at it and contemplating buying it) me which I cannot demo. The Volkl Kink. My local shop has it for sale, just not to demo. I like the idea of the narrower waist because I found that something of that width is much easier for me to ski. I am not sure, however, that I really need a true twin tip if I am never going to be in the park and I don't need to look like every other 18 year old kid on the mountain skiing twin tips just for the heck of it. Would a ski like this make a good one-ski quiver? Would it pair better with my Bonafide as a two-ski quiver? Should my bonafide be replaced with something different and another different ski be added to make the perfect two ski quiver? I don't hate my Bonafide--quite the contrary--it's just a lot of work to ski.
I have intentionally avoided trying to categorize myself as a level X or skier type Y because I really just like to have fun out on the slopes. Of course I understand that no ski is going to do everything well, but I am trying to find something that will keep me entertained (and not frustrated) for a couple of seasons. I am interested to hear what anyone has to say.