Hey all, this is my first post here so please excuse any social/factual faux paus!
To start, I am an 18 year old 6’ 155lb skier based in the northeast. I started skiing when I was about 10, and have gotten serious in the past 3 or so years. Currently I ski almost exclusively blacks and double blacks in the NE (Killington, sugarloaf, Sunday river). I am exclusively self-taught/taught by my father, so my style isn’t textbook but I can certainly hold my own. I really hope to make skiing a big part of my life, so I wish to really start developing my skills. I have recently started to foray into moguls and am having fun playing around there. I haven’t done much off-piste/tree runs, but I really hope to get into it this year.
So why am I writing this post? Well as I was growing for the past 7 or so years, I have exclusively rented skis. We felt that as my weight/height was fluctuating, it was pointless to invest in equipment, but as I am done with all that (thankfully) I am ready to purchase some skis. I already own a pair of nice carbon fiber poles and a pair of boots I bought off a rental shop for $80 (surprisingly comfortable and good fit for cheap rental equip!) but this is my first venture into buying skiis. Essentially, I am looking for an all-mountain ski that will allow me to improve my skills on groomers, moguls and in the trees. Deep powder performance is much less important as I live in the NE and we get a lot less of that, but it should be able to handle the NE equivalent (maybe shin deep at times). Whenever I find the money to get out west and hit the real powder, I would most likely rent real powder skis. My budget is maxed at around $400 or so (cheap college student, what can I say?) so I am looking at used equipment, which is fine for me!
I have done a good bit of research already (epicski has been an invaluable resource for this!) and have gotten some candidates:
1. Rossignol B78 Bandits. I have read a LOT of good things about this ski and it seems to be about 70% on piste and 30% off, which is a good ratio for me. My father owns a pair of B1s which I was able to try and quite enjoyed, although he is about 5’10” so he skiis about a 165. Last year I skied a 172 or 174 (can’t quite remember) and felt that a bit longer might be nice, so I am looking at the 178s. This seems like a very good candidate
2. K2 crossfires – Again read very good things about it as an all-mountain ski
3. Dynastar 8000
My primary problem is that a lot of reviews hail the ski as excellent, so it is hard to differentiate. If anyone could help me figure out which seems the best of these, or have any other suggestions that would be great! I will be doing a demo weekend next time I hit killington, but they don’t have the B78s or 8000s as per their website (hopefully they’ll have some hidden somewhere!). This is my first foray into buying skiis, so I am a bit overwhelmed. I know that trying them out is the best way, but some early suggestions would be great.