I've been reading through the threads here at Epic Ski and must say I love the site and dedication to the sport and have thrown in to support this community right off the bat. A little background on me:
I started on skis when I was younger and skied for about 3 years when I took up snowboarding. I've been on a snowboard for the past 12 years and have decided I'd like to take up skiing again this winter. My girlfriend of 6 years skis and I'd like to join her back on skis. My riding style was advanced intermediate to advanced but I never got into the park, I've always been more into free riding the mountain and all mountain riding over the park.
I have a trip planned to SLC this winter and have reserved demo rentals through Utah Ski & Golf (50% off rental reservations if reserved before Nov 13th by the way!). They appear to have a wide range of skis to demo; Atomic, Dynastar, Line, Fischer, K2, Head, Rossignol, Volkl, Salomon, Nordica and Blizzard. My question is what skis would you guys suggest I try? I'm thinking I will take a refresher lesson to get the basics back and see how it goes the first day back on skis but I'm also looking to purchase a pair of skis this winter. I'll be keeping my board for those days I want to ride. I've been reading good things about the Line Prophet 90s and Flites. I'm 6'2" and 195 lbs, would the flite be too forgiving for me? I anticipate the first season to be mostly groomers to get my ski legs back, but I'm really looking for a ski I can grow into as I progress.
I know it's a big stretch for the first season back on skis, but I anticipate picking it back up relatively quick and getting to the point of at least an intermediate level by mid season.
I'm using SLC as a feeler for skis and would love to hear what models you guys would recommend. If all goes well on a pair in SLC, I'm planning to purchase for my Tahoe trip and Banff trip already planned for this year.
Sometimes I think I'm nuts to want to switch during a La Nina year with those trips already on the books, but what better place(s) to switch, right!
I look forward to becoming a part of this dedicated community. Thanks in advance for the help!