Me: I'm a fairly fit 50 years - still running, hiking, climbing and cycling - 1.83m (6'0") tall and weigh 75kg (165lbs). I've been skiing for nearly 20 years but sadly only 10-15 days a year - we don't get much snow in England! I've had plenty of lessons in that time and still do. Little on piste challenges me any more and, this year - with guidance and fresh snow, managed ticks of the Emile Allais and Tournier (Tremplin) couloirs at Courchevel. I'm starting on the BASI instructors' ladder this year.
Details of couloirs here (not mine):http://homepage.ntlworld.com/dennis....g/saulire.html
My experience of skis is limited to the ones mentioned plus K2 Merlin IVs before those, Blizzard somethings before that and various unknown rentals long in the past. I like my Darksides - they're good for bumps and having fun on piste. The Merlins were good for going fast but, after establishing quite how fast with my GPS, that doesn't interest me any more. I find the Tankers a bit of a handful but, at 190cm, they are probably a bit long unless it's really deep powder.
I also have some Atomic Tourguide Superlights fitted with Dynafit TLT bindings which I used coupled with Dynafit TLT3 boots on our first two tours. They're incredibly light (1.656kg each inc binding) but have only a 66mm waist and skit about with the slightest bump. They're great uphill but it doesn't feel much like skiing going down!
Here is our guide's blog of our tour in the Vanoise this spring:http://offpisteskiing.blogspot.com/2...enne-tour.html
I knew the skiing would be more involved so, this time, I used my Darksides. Lots of snow made conditions difficult - particularly near the end when much of it had a crust that could bearly support our weight. Putting the skis in the roofbox, our guide noticed the waist of my skis and suggested something a little wider - low 80's - would have been better.
We usually have to fly whenever we go skiing so taking more than one pair of skis each is something of a luxury - although we have done it. Thinking about it, I suppose I want these new skis just for touring but, given that we'll be skiing more serious ground, they don't need to be the lightest available.