Glad to find this site and hope I can get some stuff narrowed down to buy my first set of skis. Hoping to find a season clearance deal to take advantage for next year. Anyway here is my history. Moved to Buena Vista, CO from Texas last year. Prior to that Id been 9 days in my life. Now Ive been ALOT due to my work schedule. I bought my boots first thing last year so thats handled. I rented my skis as I knew I would get exponentially better this year. The skis I rented were Rossi S80 165cm. Im 195-200# and 5'11". I mostly ski Monarch and occasionally Cooper (not Copper). Also spent a few days at Jackson Hole last week. Will be venturing out to other places next year. Id rate myself a level 7ish but can ski moguls and will drop in on any black diamond Ive encountered so far.....allthough still learning to get my rhythm in the steep moguled sections. I enjoy groomer runs with the family and my kids love the trees but Im not comfortable enuff to do full throttle assaults when it starts getting tight. I like running down the groomers high speed as well......wouldnt exactly call it carving for me but whatever. The main thing is Im 37 and if I get hurt I cant work.....therefore Im a cautious skiier. Im starting to enjoy getting off the beaten path more and enjoy the fresh powder and playing in the tree groves after the powder is packed. Sorry dont know all the ski lingo so bare with me.
Today I demo'd some Volkl Kendo in 170 length and I REALLY liked them. I told them I was looking to buy and they recommended the Mantra as a good one ski quiver selection. They had a set in 170 length that had only been out like 4 times with Marker Griffon bindings for $5-550 range. From what Ive read on here it seems that my weight and height suggest a longer ski than my rentals OR the demos I took out today.
Ive looked online at Bonafides, Mantras, Nrgy.....cant afford the Stormriders and such. This will be my only ski. thanks in advance!