It's getting to be new ski time. Rather than ask around and hope for the best, I'm going to demo some skis this year, with an eye to buying at season's end (because I'm cheap).
Here're the details...
I'm 48 years old, 6'2", 280lbs with short legs. (Before some yahoo says something, yes, I know that sounds fat, but since I'm rocking 16% body fat and a 36" waist, it's not. EOC )
I've been skiing for 30 years and I'd put myself somewhere between advanced and expert. I primarily ski groomers, but I ski them as fast as is safe for conditions (usually 35-55 mph, midweek).
You'll pretty much never see me in the bumps, but I'll duck into the trees occasionally. Last winter, I logged 20 ski days (thanks work!), but I'm hopeful that I'll hit double that this year. With both Epic and RMSP+, my primary mountains will be Breck, Eldora, WP, and Vail.
For the last three years, I've been skiing 2013 Volkl Kendo 184s, which I've enjoyed, but my challenges are in chop and crud. I recognize these are always a challenge, but I notice that no ski I've had in the last 15 years has been as good on these as the heavy old skis I used to have. My current skis want to float on top, where, say, my old Elan race skis from the 90s, would just bust through the top layer like a tank. Of course, my old Elans and Atomics weighed a lot more than my current skis, which could be a pain on the way back to the parking lot.
So, is this something that I just need to get used to, and compensate better for, or are there some skis out there that'll be tank like crudbusters that I ought to try out?
Since I'm planning to demo skis over the course of the year, try and keep suggestions limited to skis I have a reasonable chance of being able to find demo examples of.
Anyway...thanks in advance for any advice, suggestions, counsel, y'all can provide.
ps - In case anyone is curious, boots are Salomon Impact 120CS and current bindings are Look Pivot 14s.