|Originally posted by gForce:
I'm 36, 5'9", 155lb -- in my third season skiing on K2 Patriot G4 183cm. They have been great skis for me as I have been largely sticking to carving on groomed trails. Currently I consider myself an upper intermediate, comfortable on all blues and groomed blacks. I spend most of my time out east here in Maine, but take at least one trip a season out west. I have been spending more time this season in the bumps and trees, but I find my skis to be a lot of work. (Yes I have been taking lessons) As a result, I have been ogling some of the all-mountain skis out there. What ski would you suggest for someone like myself and at what length? Thanks for any input!
gForce: I believe one of your major problems is your ski length of 183cm for your weight. 155lb. is pretty light for that length. I would recommend any ski in a length of 165-170. Brand names don't factor in as much(if they ever did) as they use to. An all-mountain ski in a certain size and stiffness is going to be very similar to another mfr's. ski with the same specs. That said, since you do ski the east most, Head and Fischer are known for their tenacious edge grip. You might start with Head's IC160, then the IC180 and IC200. Fischer's Scenio S400 & S500 might be OK for you too. The Head IC200 and Fischer S500 may be too much ski for you.
PS: If you can find a Head XP60 or XP80, they'll be good bets but this is last year's ski and now are hard to find but you should get a good deal on them at this time of year if you can find them. (I saw a pair fo XP60[sin the sport shop in my town the other day for $299Cdn.) That's $200US. That's a good deal. Hope this helps. Don't forget to post back and let us all know what you decided and how things worked out for you.