I'm hoping for some advice on skis. A little about me:
- 52 years old, advanced, not quite expert skier. Been skiing for 35 years.
- Used to pound bumps all day, every day when I was younger. Now I find myself enjoying high speed carving much more, with a few bump runs interspersed throughout the day.
- Ski 10-15 days per season, mostly at Northstar, Tahoe. Favorite runs are off Backside Express lift.
- 5' 10" tall, 165 pounds.
- Final consideration is I consider myself more of a finesse skier. I don't have the energy/stamina to charge 100% all the time.
I'm a two ski quiver kind of guy. My current skis are:
- PM Gear Bro Model (179cm), which are for powder days. I'm set there. (I know, not very wide by today's standards, but they were when I bought them!)
- Fischer RX8 (165cm) for non-powder days (which in Tahoe has been most days the past few seasons). I love carving groomers on these!
The Fischers started to de-laminate last season, so it's time for a replacement. I'm primarily looking for a very good carver, with a little bumps and ability to cut through crud. Call it 60/40 groomed/ungroomed. Flotation is not a priority. I think I'm looking for either a slightly wide carver or front side all mountain.
I've read great things about the Brahma. Will these hold an edge and carve as well as my old RX8s? Or should I look for a narrower waist still?
As for length, I'm torn between 173 and 180. I know the 180 will be more stable at high speed, which I'd like. But I'm thinking at my weight, the 173 might be a bit easier to flex, have slightly tighter turn radius and be more maneuverable in bumps? If I'm a 'tweener', I'd probably opt for going shorter.
Any other ski recommendations would be greatly appreciated as well, keeping in mind that carving ability is my most important criteria.
Thanks in advance!