My question for you pertains to specific ski recommendations.
I am a relatively new skier, but I am hooked. I have gone on 7 ski trips starting 2 years ago. I am 32 years old, 5'9" and 155 pounds. I live in California, so most of my skiing is in the Tahoe area. However, I go on a week-long ski trip somewhere else once a year (Colorado, Whistler... Utah is next).
I am certainly a LEISURE skier. I am not an aggressive skier and don't think I ever will be. I prefer to ski relaxed, enjoy the scenery, etc. I just want to be able to keep up my fiancee, who has skied since age 10 and can zip down blue runs quickly. However, as my skill level increases, I might be pushing myself a little harder into the SPORT category. I try to take a lesson on the first day of every multi-day ski trip (taken 4 lessons so far).
I am able to turn with parallel skis (not a wedger any more), and I am starting to put together a few short runs of rhythmic S-turns. I am learning (as we speak) how to transfer weight to get skis on edge and eventually carve my turns). I feel pretty good on nicely groomed snow, but very steep runs scare me, ice and bumpy mashed potato snow scares me because I can wipe out easily on it. My confidence is easily shaken by those conditions, and my technique can quickly revert to pizza-wedging my turns.
Last ski trip, I got my own boots, and I love them. I am now interested in getting my first set of skis. I am not looking to go too expensive, but here is what I am looking for:
1) I would like to get a ski that will take me from my advanced beginner stage to a solid intermediate. Mostly LEISURE skiing, but if I am feeling frisky I might push a little hard into SPORT.
2) I will be skiing almost always on-piste groomers, so I would like a ski that can bite hard snow and scary ice patches. However, I might want to play around in the deeper stuff on the sides of the groomers every once in a while.
3) I need a ski that can handle the occasional dump of snow (still on groomers), particularly the heavy wet snow that can be pushed around. Last time I skied in Whistler, there was a nice snow dump, but the snow got pushed around into little mini-moguls, and I was on the ground many times.
4) Not too expensive. This is my first set of skis, and I am still learning. However, I ski enough that I would like to stop throwing money down the drain on rentals.
Any suggestions for skis? My first debate is weather to get a narrower ski made for groomers only or to try a mid-fat ski that could give me a little more versatility (e.g., something the Atomic Highnoon, which I have heard good things about). Other skis I have been considering are the Head Xenon 4.0 or 7.0, K2 Apache Ranger or Raider, Volkl AC20, Dynastar Legend 4800.
Edited by muah - 3/15/2009 at 07:28 pm