I need some help deciding on my new all mountain 2010 ski! I have narrowed it down to these two skis and could use some advice on which one would be better suited for me.
About me: I am 29 years old, been skiing about 5 years, 5'9 and 175 pounds. I ski about 10-12 times per year and would say that I am an intermediate level skier (mostly blues and single blacks)...I still skid some of my turns, I am not overly aggressive, ski at medium speeds, and spend 70%-80% of my time on the groomers but want to start exploring more off piste as I get better. All in all, I'd say that I am a pretty average skier. I want something that is going to help build my confidence, continue to help me get better with my turns and using carving to control speed vs. skidding, and something that I can use for a few years.
I live on the east coast and take about 3 trips 2 trips a year to various resorts out west...to places like Colorado, Tahoe, and Canada. This would be my only set of skis, so it would be nice that they can perform in varied conditions and why I am looking at something 80-85mm underfoot.
I have read great things about the Sultan 85's but I am concerned that this may be a little too much ski for me at this point given my current ability. My concerns are mostly the width and getting them on edge since I still skid some turns and if they are going to be too stiff for me.
Getting information and reviews on the Sultan 80's has been more difficult. I know that they are narrower under foot than the 85's, and according to Dynastar have a much softer in flex and are more of a forgiving ski, but I am curious about edge hold on hardpack, how they actually ski, and if they will be able to handle the trips out west. I think they may be better suited to my current ability, but I am not sure if this is a ski that I am going to "grow-into."
Any help is much appreciated!
Edited by BeevCreek - 12/29/09 at 6:50am