Spent a lot of time trawling the forums but haven't been able to come to a decision on skis yet. Would really appreciate it if some of you would chirp in with your 2c; this is my first ski purchase.
Level: Intermediate, around 10 days skiing, starting to carve.
Location: Baker and Whistler this year. After that primarily Aus/NZ with some trips to Japan/US west coast.
Terrain: First and foremost I want to get good at front side carving. In saying that it would be nice to have something I could experiment with off piste. I think I'd be a 90/10 kind of guy.
Height / weight: 5"10' / 158 Lbs.
Boots: Planning on buying Salomon X-pro 100's.
I'd like to find something that will push me and allow me to work up to advanced without compromising too much of the initial learning. I'm a pretty aggressive skier and happy to tackle fairly steep learning curve. The only reason I've limited myself to the Salomon's is that it was easier to research a smaller group of ski's than have no direction.
+ Sounds like a great front side ski; 80 I'm guessing is kind of right for the icy stuff in Aus/NZ; real carver.
- Worried that the stiffness might be too much for my level; maybe not the best in softer snow; no off-piste.
+ Still fairly narrow underfoot
- Doesn't have great reviews; maybe doesn't stack up to the 90
+ All rounder; can hit the soft stuff as well as ice?; can start to explore off-piste a little; still holds an edge.
- Worried that it won't give me the front side learning curve I'm looking for.
Thanks for reading. Appreciate your time / advice.