I’ve been trying to read a bunch of reviews and various advice posts about Tahoe daily drivers but have frankly started to get a little overwhelmed and somewhat confused. So I thought I’d just ask for advice for my specific situation.
I’m 6’5” but only 185 lbs (it’s in my genes). I’m fairly coordinated but far from a star athlete. I skied a fair amount growing up, particularly after college when I got about 100 days in one year in Utah (Snowbird got over 650” of snow that year! – 92/93). Since then I’ve been mostly snowboarding until this past season when I was essentially given a pair of K2 Recons (177). I’ve learned that I love skiing again and decided to double my quiver with the beloved Dynastar HT (killer deal at Level Nine). Since the Recons get so little love on this forum and are frequently called “boring” I’ve been strongly considering replacing them with something more exciting for my non-HT days so that I’m not missing out on this excitement everyone is talking about (but I would need a good off-season deal to justify it).
I will only have a two-ski quiver and therefore put a lot of value on versatility. I’m an advanced skier but not an expert. I’ve found that I like to go off piste about 70% of the time if the conditions are good. I like to attempt bumps and would like to improve on them, so I don’t want a ski that will make bumps even more difficult. I really enjoy carving, especially short and medium turns. Compared to the speeds of others on the hill, I would say that I like to go “fast” about 30% of the time and more medium speeds the rest of the time. Perhaps my priorities would change on different skis – I like to feel in control. Since my reflexes are not that quick I tend to enjoy focusing more on technique rather than bombing down the hill. I don’t want a ski that will kick my butt or wear me out quickly, but I am interested in more excitement if it’s available (I actually have had a lot of fun on the Recons but am certainly open to even more fun). Recommendations?