I used to ski with the rents a lot when i was a kid and I'm trying to get back into it now that I can afford it independently.
First off, I would class my skill level at just above average. I'm comfortable on black diamonds and i can make it through double black, though the first thing i'd like to work on is getting better on those. I'm not really interested in going what i think from my reading is called "off-piste." Not yet anyways.
Secondly i weigh about 280 and am 6' 2". Not as fat as it sounds. I'm a gym rat and i have a lot of muscle under the pudge and i do a crap load of cardio, so I have the strength and endurance to make up for the heavier weight. And that number is coming down.
What i am looking for this year is a good all around ski that won't be going off any resort terrain. Also, i'm going to need appropriate boots and bindings to go along with it. I'd like to have a little good advice before i go to purchase a ski. I live in texas and no matter how much an outdoor store guy may say he knows about skiing, I don't trust it as much from a guy who lives in a place where winter can be warmer than a real skier's summer.
Another thing that may be relevant is that for my height, i have shorter legs and a longer torso.
Anyways, anybody that wouldn't mind giving me some advice about purchasing the right gear would be greatly appreciated. Budget is not really an issue.
All that jazz,