First of all, my name is Mark, I live in CT, and am a "newbie" to this site/forum. With that being said, stated, here goes....
I started skiing again last year after about a 18 year hiatus. My equipment, (especially my skis, are extremely anitquated). I did though pick up a new pair of boots last year. I reused my "old school" Kneissl straight skis last year, (195 in length), and its time for something new I guess.
I consider myself to be an advanced skier. I taught for a few years back in the late 70's early 80's, and did a little "club" racing. These days I am primarily a "cruiser" in style, (due to my age I guess, will turn 51 this coming Monday). I like nice fast, carved GS turns, but will not shy away from breaking out into some nice "short swinging" from time to time. I stay away from the bumps, my old knees just can't take them anymore. I attribute it to, too many jumps of perfectly good airplanes while I was in the Army. I am 6' 1" and weigh about 200.
I did try out a couple pairs of "shaped" skis last season, a pair of Head's and a pair of Atomic's, (can't remember the specific models though). They were both around 170 in length and quite wide, and I just didn't like them at all.
Due to economics being somewhat of an issue, I have been trolling Craigslist for some skis. But I just don't know what to look for these days? Just been out of the "game" for too long of a time I guess. I did spot a posting where someone is selling an older pair of K2 Four's for $50. They are brand new, never been skied on or enen had bindings mounted and they are 183 in length. I think the seller told me they are from '01 - '02...? From what little information I could find on the 'net, they are a, I think a "semi-shaped", all mountain ski. I like the fact that they do have a shaped look/quality to them, but are not wide. So my questions are these:
1) Are the K2's a decent ski taking into consideration thier size, my size & ability?
2) What binding would you recommend?
3) Any other ski recommendations?
I apologize for the lengthy post. And also would like to thank all for thier help, consideration, suggestions and or ideas...