I need a little advice or some info before I purchase my first set of skis in about 15yrs.
About me: Grew up skiing (about 15 years) on the east coast and took an extended sabbatical once I went away to school and dealt with some knee injuries. Flash-forward about 20 years later and I have been transplanted to the west coast (east bay) and this is my second season (mostly northstar)on the snow. I am 5’7”, anywhere from 160-170# and I have caught the fever again. I have been mostly skiing groomers, will ski anything groomed, tend to gravitate towards intermediate terrain but more recently I have found that I am enjoying the steeper stuff more. I consider myself somewhere between intermediate and advanced, I got rated a 6-7 in the epic academy for what it is worth. I am not a fast skier, still working on my form (took two lessons this season), but pushing myself more to learn how to ski different terrain. I have been playing around in the bumps but recognize that I am not as limber as I was when I was 18…
I spent most of this season on demos and this is where I need some advice.
My top 3 (in order) are
Brahma- skied the 166 and it was ok but it felt like things woke up when I tried the 173. I really like the energy/rebound of this ski.
Pinnacle 95- I was able to spend a couple of hours in 170. I liked this ski pretty well; wonder if the 177 might have been a better choice. Turning was short and crisp but wish I had more time with them as I felt I didn’t really put them through their paces.
Enforcer 100- Another great ski in 169, weather wasn’t great and I was beat but if this was going to be on my list I think I would go with the 93.
Where do I go from here? I need to stop paying for demos, I wish I had more time with the pinnacle and could try out the enforcer 93 but I don’t think that will happen. A great piece of advice I got from an instructor was to “pick one ski and make it your bi**c”… I really just want an all mountain that will work on the east and west, handle most terrain well and survive some off piste adventures. If I wind up needing something for powder I would consider a wider ski in the future.
Do you guys have any insight on my top three? Good/bad experiences? Help me make a decision.