I just started skiing last December (2009) after relocating to SLC. Since then, I've skied 21 times (total lifetime) and have had 4 formal lessons at Alta. I'm an advancing intermediate being comfortable on all blues (except moguls) and seemed to have knocked out that dreaded stemming in my turns this season. (Thanks to Lito Tejeda-Flores!) I own a pair of 2009 Rossi Scratch Girl BCs which were a great purchase as my first pair of skis and are lots of fun in powder. However, I am itching for another pair. Here's the deal:
I think I need a pair of skis that:
- Are a little stiffer. When conditions are firm, and on groomers, I find the Scratch BCs to be too soft and don't cut through choppy stuff at all. They seem unstable and the bases are very slow. I want to plow through crud and not feel like I'm being knocked around or about to bust on the flats.
- Have more of a side-cut radius and wider tip. I'm digging carving on the groomed runs and making tighter turns. I'm also looking to advance my skills on steeper (black) terrain and want something with more edge grip and responsiveness in turn initiation. My BCs seem very bouncy on steeps and I skid on them (rather than really grip) which makes me scared and, therefore, I end up stemming my turns as I lose confidence in my ability to hold an edge. I need a ski that will give me confidence to handle more terrain!
- Because I live in UT, I'm thinking I want to stay in the 80-90ish waist range since the skis will need to perform well on days when it's snowing quite a bit. I'll keep the Scratch BCs for days after a big dump but am seeking another pair for those days when we get less snow yet I want to be able to have fun off-piste as well.
I plan to demo several skis in December. After much research, my current list of skis to try-out include:
- Blizzard Viva 8.1
- K2 Lotta Luv
- Volkl Aurora (But these may be too stiff for me? The Tierra seems too narrow but I could be wrong.)
- Dynastar Exclusive Legend Eden
- Rossi S3
- 38 years old. 5'4", 118 lbs.
- Cautious skier. Care more about control, grace, and proper form than speed.
- Very fit (and former figure skater/dancer...balance and form are fundamental)
- Intensely committed to becoming a GREAT skier (obsessed learning everything I can about skiing)
- Comfortable on green and blue terrain at this point. I only stem when on black terrain and I get scared. Want a pair of skis that will take me to the next level and that I won't outgrow within a season or two.
- Will ski approximately 45 days this season (2010-2011).
Any recommendations or advice in my search for a pair of skis to compliment my Rossi Scratch Girl BCs would be most appreciated. I'll devote 2 or 3 demo days to trying things out so let me know your thoughts.
Many thanks to all!