I've stepped away from skiing for a few years (and this group). Job, life, hip replacement... You know...
Anyway I've gotten up a couple of times this year. Surprisingly things felt pretty good. A lot of the finesse was missing but I'm glad to see I still know how.
My hills are Squaw, Alpine, Bear, Sugar Bowl primarily. I think I need some new skis (who doesn't?) I am currently skiing on Atomic Metron's and Line Motherships. I need something in between, or to replace the Metron's at least.
I'm a 55 year old guy,been skiing since I was 10, ex-mediocre racer, and taught skiing for a decade or so. I think I'm looking more for a 80-90 all mountain carving ski, maybe even a little wider. I've grown away from the metrons, perhaps they are just skied out. Maybe just too turny. Who knows. Anyway, this year no matter the condition I was mostly happy on the Motherships no matter the condition.
Things I love about those skis:
1. There seems to be no speed limit. I ski pretty fast - I got one of those ski apps on my phone this year and I seem to record mid 50's for max speed every day, just cruising big GS turns
2. They carver really really well. I love to carve turns. I'm solid technically and there are few better feelings on skis
3. They feel to me like a big, dumb race ski. I like that.
What I don't love
1. They are a little bit of work when it gets icy and choppy
2. It's pretty hard to get them around quickly at at slower speeds, or on steep, firm terrain.
Since I've been completely away for so long I'm market-unaware. What are the top contenders out there for me? I don't want a powder ski, a full rocker, or a race ski. I'd like something that performs like a thoroughbred but I can also relax on too. Something that holds like there is no tomorrow on firm groomers but is also decent in crud or powder? Honestly, I can ski crud and powder on a race ski fine, but why? I think I'm over that stage in my life.
Thanks for any suggestions. It's good to be back.