My dad is turning 55 this year, and last ski season was his 50th. For this momentous occasion, we want to buy him some new skis to replace his 160 cm Scream 8 pilots that let him down a bit last time we went out west.
First, some specifics about my dad:
6', 150 lbs., insanely good shape, high expert, still ripping the zipperline in the bumps.
His favorite skis ever were his Kneissl white star slalom racing skis (from when he was 15) that his brother stole and ruined on a rock day. He also loved his Kastles and Heads from years ago.
I'm looking for something (for him) a bit better on variable terrain, the "eastern daily driver", ~80 mm at the waist. He likes a ski that's around 170cm.
He'd also like something with an integrated binding option.
I was thinking maybe an Atomic Blackeye, Blizzard magnum 8.1, Volkl AC30/50, Kastle MX 78 or LX 82. Only issue is the cost, as we don't have a huge ski budget.
He doesn't like the dead Rossi feel. He demoed one of the Rossi all mountain skis with an 80 something waist in varied conditions a few years ago, and hated it.
Demoing really isn't an option, unfortunately, until late season. There won't be any Blizzards or Kastles there regardless.
Any opinions on skis for this type of skier would be great.
Edited by Rauch - 10/30/10 at 6:06am