Originally Posted by AUtahskier
I am looking for a new one quiver ski. I am 5'8", 145 #, level 6 skier, 57 years old, old school parallel skier working on carving. 90% front side. I only ski 5-6 days a year.[snip]
Looking at reviews online two possible skis came up, Dynastar Legend 4800 and Rossignol Zenith Z9.
Would appreciate any input on these two skis as well as others to consider.
Me: Level 8, close to your size (5' 7", 130lb). I've been skiing on an older model of the 4800 for three years, as my east coast "soft snow" ski. I love them. I agree with the other poster that they are easy to skid - i.e., friendly to your old school technique. They are light and easy-going and ski many conditions well. I also think they have plenty of grip for any "hard" snow that you are likely to get in Utah.
Several caveats, though:
1) My opinions apply to the (roughly) 2004 - 2007 models. The last couple of years this ski has changed and my comments may not apply to the newer ones.
2) They are not the best ski for learning to carve, for the exact reason that they are friendly to your classic style. If carving is your priority, you want something with more sidecut. Lots of possibilities here. Maybe some of your fellow westerners can suggest something appropriate to your local conditions. (The 4800s carve large-radius turns just fine, but you need some speed and elbow room to do it, and you need to have a lot of trust and commitment, as it takes them a while to start coming around, compared with a torsionally stiffer ski with a 13m radius, for example. Thus they are not ideal for learning the carving groove.)
3) I feel that they ski "short" - I started on the 172, went to the 165 for a very brief time, and quickly went back to the 172, where I've stayed. I may ski faster and more aggressively than you, however.
Edit: PS: I hated the Z9s when I tried them a few years ago, but that was on New England boilerplate - not their element, and presumably not what you will be on.