I have been demoing some skis for my first pair. I recently moved to Denver and I've been bitten by the bug. Before this year, I only skied occasionally, maybe 25 days life time. I plan on skiing about 20-25 days next season and beyond. I've recently went through about 5 ski instruction books and several DVDs so my knowledge about what I'm suppose to be trying to do has increased quite a bit. I have about 5 lessons life time.
Age: 42. Height: 6' 0''. Weight 190 lbs. Build: Athletic. Skill Level : Intermediate but improving.
I ski mostly groomed, blue and easier blacks. I still need to learn bumps, deeper powder, and steeps.
I demoed Atomic Vantage 95 (178cm) and Pinnacle K2 (177cm) and much preferred the K2s. They seemed more stable and just held better in roughed up groomers. Conditions were soft, fresh snow.
Even though I know the Bonafide Blizzards are an expert ski, I demoed them last week and really liked them. I was expecting them to wear me out quickly, but it was probably my best day of skiing ever. Conditions were much firmer so it's not really a fair comparison. I'm not sure if I might have more troubled bending these skis in softer conditions. And I know the K2s would be easier to learn bumps with due to softer flex and tighter turn radius.
I've had 3 sales people say the Bones are probably too much ski and 2 tell me they're fine and that I'd probably grow in to them over the next season.
So my question is, how do I know if I'm on too much ski or not?
What should I look for?
I plan on trying the K2s and Bonafides next week on the same day and hopefully in softer conditions.