I'm planning a late spring trip to the SLC area. Since it will be a very quick trip (flying out Thursday evening; skiing Friday, Saturday, and half of Sunday; then flying back Sunday night) I'm packing very light - in fact I plan to carry-on my luggage. I'll take my boots, and I plan to just rent skis. So I will use this opportunity to try some different skis. So what should I try? I'm 5'8" tall and weigh about 150#, 45 years old, level 8 skier (used to be better, but since I've moved to Florida...). I ski exclusively out west; I love to ski powder when it's available, but for that I'm at the mercy of the snow gods. I ski mostly ungroomed slopes, which means occasional powder, but mostly crud and the bumps that eventually emerge on the ungroomed trails after they've been skiied. I also love to get into the trees and ski the powder stashes. I prefer shorter turns to longer turns, and don't ski particularly fast. I ski groomed slopes infrequently; usually on the way home at the end of the day or when I ski with the wife and kids (so this would be slowly on blue groomers with the occasional easy black groomer). Any suggestions?
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3/30/05 at 5:18pm