So heres the deal. I have been skiing for about 1 year.
I am lucky and get to ski about 2 to 3 times a week, for a long ski season (we easily have another month or two left). I got into it last year and have progressed significantly, as I am comfortable on all black runs with the exception of hard icy bumps, although I am working at this and getting better. I am comfortable with steep soft bumps and tree runs, and thanks to some good coaching, I seem to have pretty good technique. I ski the east, mostly hardpack and ice but it even has been not a bad year for powder (at least for us).
At the start of this season I bought my first pair of skis-used 177 bandit X's. I like them and they are really growing on me. However, I dont feel like they give me any pop out of a turn..although, I have never really felt this with any ski before perhaps because, I weigh about 280 and am 6'2. I am a competitive weightlifter and am very strong. I am in good shape and have been an athlete (played football) for alot of my life. And now I love to ski.
Anyhow, its the end of the season for most and I am looking at picking up new skis while there are sales going on and I have a few questions.
Is anybody on here this big? What do you ski?
Will a newer ski be a significant step up? Or should I keep skiing these for another year. I don't mind them, but I wonder if I am missing something.
I have asked some sales people about my predicament. They seem to point me to the stiffest skis that they know of. I have had recommendations of AC50's, AC30's and Tigersharks. Is this too much ski for me? These skis were a little more than I wanted to spend, but I dont mind spending money for a good pair of skis. Demoing skis like this is really not a possibility this year.
Any thoughts on this? I would appreciate any help-Red