I'm a recreational skiier whos looking to get some new equipment for this years ski season. I'm a 22 year old med student whos got lots of friends in Colorado who are expert skiers/boarders and its getting to the point where I always catch lots of crap and weird looks when I take rental skiis down the double blacks at the top of the moutain and do off-piste skiing in trees ect. in waist deep powder. I absolutely love skiing in deep powder, bowl skiing, bumps, and by far my favorite is skiing in the trees with powder. I do not like groomed runs, and I don't really like hauling on groomed runs (going fast is NOT a priority). I own a pair of Rossingol X12 Exalt boots from last year. I'm 5'9 and 160 pounds.
I've probably skiied around 50 days in my lifetime, but I'd say i was pretty good for that. I can zipper down not-so steep bumps, and I can get down almost anything on the moutain outside of 10 ft cliff jumps. I ski with my knees and ankles together and don't lift either ski off when turning.
I only get to ski about 5-10 days a year, so owning multiple pairs of skis isn't a smart idea for me. And I can't really own a pair of skis that isn't going to be useful in varied conditions (IE deep powder in January or Spring slush in March). I've heard my dream pair of skis is a powder/all mountain hybrid.
Thins I like...
Ease of Turning/Quick and tight turning (Does this mean a shorter ski?)
Skis that can handle steep and deep conditions, a skiier progressing thru advanced levels
The occasional jump (and subsequent wipeout)
Things I do not like...
Going extremely fast
Skis that aren't comfortable for all day skiing
Skis that can't handle all conditions
I'm not opposed to powder skis if they can handle everything else like an all-mountain ski. I'm not opposed to twin tip skis. I'm not opposed to an all-mountain ski. I'm pretty much all all around wanna-be texan ski bum, and hopefully I get to move to CO for residency. Any suggestions on skis to buy would be great. I'm looking to spend around $400 dollars and don't mind older/used skis or spending a bit more money if thats what i need to do. c
Thanks, and sorry for the novel.