I'm going to be going to Whistler this year for a working holiday from the end of November to the end of February. I'm from Australia, so I'm really looking forward to living in another part of the world for a few months.
I'm going to buy some skis before I get there, I was planning on buying them over the internet and getting them shipped here. Although the shipping may be a little expensive, I'm sure I'd end up paying more just by having to use hire skis for a few days, so I think it's better to have them for when I arrive there. I was hoping some people would be able to give me a few recommendations since I've never bought skis before.
I'm reasonably sure I want to get all-mountain twin tip skis. I'll ski any marked run on the mountain and particularly enjoy anything steep, moguls and off-piste if there's appropriate powder. I'm somewhat interested in getting into a bit of park stuff, but much more likely jumps than rails. I'm 1.90 m tall (6'3") and weigh around 70 kg (155 lbs). I've had the Line Blend Skis recommended to me and am expecting to spend around that sort of money, but I can adjust my budget a bit.
The main questions I have now are:
1. Do you think the Line Blend Skis be suitable for me? Anything postitive/negative to say about them?
2. Would you recommend anything else?
3. Is there a general rule for ski length? I don't really have a preference as I just use whatever the rental store gives me. For the Blends it's probably a choice between 178cm and 183cm, I'd guess the 183cm is better for my height.
4. Do you know of any good online stores that sell the skis and ship to Australia?
Thanks for any help you're able to provide,