Where I ski - northeastern us. Local resorts, holiday Valley, pk n pk.
How I ski - stay out of the trees, not a jumper, just a weekend warrior if you will.
Ability - taught by friends, school of hard knocks (I'm really good at crash recovery! Lol)
Me - 5'8, 200 lbs. Like to think im on the athletic side. Athletic-ish. Yeah. That's it.
Current skis and settings.
ATOMIC BETA CARV 9.18 circa 01. 170 length.
Set at 0.5 base, 2.0 edge.
Xentric 310 bindings (that are post recall)
-love the way they start stop and turn. Very light under foot. Great on great conditions, if it's choppy these can be a chore, but manageable. Powder, forget it. Only time I feel like control is compromised is at "higher" speeds, let's say above 35 mph. (Using the trace app).
K2 APACHE XPLORER 180 circa 2010.
Base 0.5 side 2.0.
Bindings - something with a silly power piston.
- Heavy under foot. Great "float" thru the crud, but I find I really have to concentrate on my technique to work these things. I believe they're just too big for me (though sizing charts disagree, maybe it's the weight.). Edge hold is fair at best. I'm not terribly excited to ski with these, as they don't lend them selves to quickly turns and stops. (Could be my ability combined with the wrong ski tho...)
Overall I like how the atomic feel, but want a little more stability without a huge weight increase.
New or used (I'll search for em, just give me ideas)
Budget - try to keep it reasonable. Under $500 with bindings? If I get 'new' skis, I'll be getting 'new'boots, as my current set has to be from the 90s. (And yes I'm aware those can hamper performance, etc).
It's not a hard 500. If you tell me there's gods gift to skis at 679, id have to look.