I am in the market for new skis, first new set in long time… about 16 years. I’m 36, 5’11”, 178 lbs and very athletic. I had some Kastle’s (model escapes me) when I was 20 and ski’d those a few seasons. Then went back to school and stopped skiing. This turned into an 11 year break and I started back up in 2005 – now on shaped skis for the first time. My ability is advanced or maybe advance intermediate…expert is a slight stretch but working towards it. I probably stay on piste and groomers primarily but like to veer off as well. I’m Ok on bumps and don’t really care to master them at this point. I really like a lot of speed and big turns. I originally was looking at all mountain skis like the Volkl AC30’s but the more I read the more I’m thinking I want more of a race/all mountain – a ski with a more narrow waist. I always ski out west, usually Summit County area and try to get 8 to 10 days in a year. I live in the Midwest. The skis I’m considering now are-
2009 Volkl Tigershark 10/12 ft 175 cm
2009 Blizzard G-force Supersonic IQ 174 cm (if I can find them)
2009 Dynastar Contact 4 X4 172 cm
The Dynastar has a little bigger waist which might be just what I need but I’m really not sure about stiffness, stability and quite honestly – the most fun!. I’d love to get some input. I just booked a trip for mid Feb and would love to be on some great new ski’s!!!