I am new here and have just returned to skiing after a 20yr lay off. I grew up in the Midwest skiing at least every weekend, so I'm not unfamiliar with skiing, just got away from it.
After rediscovering my love for skiing this winter, I've decided to purchase new skis. Before I get to that, a bit about me:
Me: 6'4", 250 (w/gear)...think football, not couch potato. I am a fairly strong guy. I cycle in the summer, so I have some leg strength. Don't know if it matters, but I have Tecnica Agent 110 boots (Sz 30).
Skiing: My favorite skiing is on loooonnnngggg groomed black runs. I will venture into the bumps 1-2x/day just to see if I can still do it (poorly), but basically no bump skiing. I wouldn't necessarily say I am an aggressive skier, but I like to be engaged...I don't like to be "passive" or "just along for the ride." I guess as some people have used the analogy: I'd rather be driving a BMW M3 than a Mecedes AMG 500 sedan...they're both pretty excellent and both get you there fast and in style, but in different ways. I plan to go 15-20x/year.
Location: I live in the mid-Atlantic, so I will do most of my skiing in the Poconos. I will be taking 1-2 trips/year up to NH (my friend lives 15min from Loon). I will try to get out to Utah once every 2-3yrs, but I'll prolly rent when I go there.
Skis:all 2009; all 178; all are w/ bindings...not flat:
Nordica Afterburner XBi CT
Nordica Jet Fuel XBi CT
Top Fuel XBi CT
(disclosure: all on clearance at O2gear)
After reading member reviews (please don't rely: use search function...already did it), the Afterburner seems like a good choice, but:
1) given my size/strength, should I move up to the Jet Fuel?
2) Would the Top Fuel be a good choice?
3) Given my weight, will the 178 be a good length OR
Should I look at the Hell Cat in 186cm?
OR are none of these particularly good choices for me and I should look at a completly different brand/model.
Any advice would be appreciated,