Me: 145lbs (with no pack)
Major Goal: Spend a week or two up in the high sierras. (first a 12 mile, 2500' ascent up Tioga Road, then 8 miles of rolling slightly downhilll terrain in meadows or on the road, then day after day of wandering around the high country painting, exploring and possibly doing some peaks if I'm with experienced friends and if not, just some low angle dome stuff.
Type of snow: Varied, crust, powder, roads, etc. typical Sierra snow. My home town is Tahoe, so more Sierra snow there too.
Secondary Goal: Wander around off trail in the Tahoe area going up and down hills with confidence. I'm often searching out spots for painting and I'd like to be able to get to some difficult areas that I can't approach on my current skis. Plus it's fun skiing down hills.
Thoughts on Current setup: Fischer E99, SNS_BC binding, lame lightweight boot
The skis are difficult to turn in (probably cause my boots) and I'm thinking something a little wider might be nicer in the backcountry. Cruising with a pack is a concern, but the glide is nice.
What I'm looking for....
1. Eventually I'll be able to ski up and down peaks. Right now, I'm not ready, but next year for sure. It'd be nice to have a setup that accomodates this, but not the priority.
2. Occassional resort use. (I don't go to resorts much since they cost money, but if friends are in town, it'd be nice to have something that I could do some intermediate skiing on. Nothing out of control- and I don't jump)
3. I like the idea of an autorelease binding in the backcountry.
4. I like to be able to go downhill safely.
5. I'm familiar with Alpine skiing so I'm not looking to learn new styles of skiing.
6. I like lightweight gear.
This is what I've been recommended by a friend:
Scarpa Spirit 3 boot, dynafit bindings, and a light ski of my choice... Are long tours possible with this setup?
The dynafits are insanely expensive, but I'm willing to pay the price if this is going to be the best rig for me. Short and long term.
As far as skis go, I understand the possibilities are endless, but maybe my description of my goals and such might give an idea of what shape of ski is best. If anyone responds, thanks in advance.