The time is near approaching for me to buy a new pair of planks and bindings and progress on my merry way up the skiing ladder...
I've just waved goodbye to my 2009 K2 Xplorers and i'm now looking for something that will upstage those and make my pilgrimage to more backcountry/off piste orientated skiing as enjoyable as can be. The ski still needs to be able to perform to a suitable standard on piste as i'll be spending time with friends who only ski there, however, my heart is in skiing as much sidecountry freshies as possible so that is my main priority.
I should say that i mainly ski at home in Scotland with a couple of trips to the european alps and maybe a trip every couple of years to north america.
I'm 6'4" and weigh 14st, so probably around 15st with all my gear on.
I like to ski fast and loved the feel of my Xplorers (i know a lot of folk don't like the damp feel, but i liked how they ploughed through everything) and like medium sized carved turns. Probably middle to later stages of advanced skier. Only place i've been so far in North america to ski is Banff and Lake Louise. the back bowls there and the likes of the mens downhill piste are where i'd need this ski to perform, as well as turn through any trees that i may come across. Not really that fussed about bump performance as i tend to avoid them like the plague.
Now, i have had a short list, and now have a shorter list which includes the following all in roughly 185 - 190 ski length:
Line Prophet 100
Black Crows Navis
and maybe Nordica Enforcer.
As far as binding goes, i'm thinking about Marker Baron as i'm prepared to skin a wee bit to get away from the madding crowd. Not intending on doing any lengthy touring though. Either that, or i need some options for a fixed binding as i'm not totally convinced that i'll be able to go wandering too much.
So, over to you guys!