Hey, anyone who can provide insight quickly would be a HUGE help. I am 24 5'9/10 175lb experienced skier (I'd say I am a 7-8). I have skied in the Northeast my whole life (learned up at Sunday River in Maine, skied mostly Stratton and Okemo when I was younger, and would take at least one trip a year to Killington during high school and college). I have ALWAYS rented simply b/c I am the last one in my family who still loves skiing, so I never got out there enough each year to justify buyying. I went out West for the first time last year, spent 5 days skiing Vail. I could handled everything out there, loved the bowls and Blue Ski Basin. So, I am heading out again this year for a week around Park City (going to ski the Canyons and Park City Mountain), and finally realized its time to stop waisting money renting and invest in a good pair of skis.My friend highly recommends the Karmas and I trust him.
I like to ski the steep and deep, powder wherever I can find it, hit the bumps occasionally, but I also need something that is going to be able to handle the less than ideal conditions in the North East. So basically I'm looking for something that will float nice out West after a nice snowfall and will still be able to let me cruise down icy, tough conditions at the end of the day at Killington and not struggle (lose the edge) when I try to make that tight turn at the bottom of the run (for those of you who don't know, the end of the day at Killington can be EXTREMELY bad in stops, if you don't know where your going, you might be ice skating A LOT).
So, my first question is what length should i get? I am thinking 169, but as a few people have said, it looks like the 177 are popular.
Also, will the Karma's be able to hand the icy conditions in the Northeast? Specifically, should I just stay away from twin tips? (I don't really ski park, but I do like to mess around occassionaly and am getting more and more comfortable picking up some speed going backwards).
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.