I'm 6.1, 230lbs and have been skiing a maybe 5 or 6 years now, but ony a few days per year. I ski'd rentals in Europe and was intermediate i would say.. Full of confidence, ran Blues fast and smooth, could make my way down any black, though pretty tentativly.
So, i move to Vancouver, purchased boots and ski's and it seems like all the ability is gone!
The first two years my feet would feel like they had been beaten by the bottom of every run, to the point where i coudl barely stand in the line for the lift.. I changed boots twice and the latest set seem to have improved, though not to the point of being comfortable by any means.
I have K2 Public enemys, recommmended by the guy in the local big box store and it seems that the ski's are very unstable when going in any way fast and i am struggling to get down even blues due to effort turning and the skis catching bumps etc that i thought i used to handle easily..
Last year i found that the skis seemed to occasionally catch the snow (one ski woudl catch going in a straight line) throwing me completley off balance and in deeper snow i couldnt get the speed up to float on the top, more wallowing through it.
I brought them into the shop to get a service done in prep for this years season and the guy there tells me that the K2 is an entry level brand and are kids ski's. Cheap, cheerful but not very good. He recommmended getting a pair of Volkl AC50's or AC30's and said it would be smooth & stable and result in a completely different experience. BMW to a hyundai were his words.
Yet, i read PE reviews and they all say they are excellent skis..
I ski groomers only, no offpiste, no park, but would certinly like to be doing offpiste if i had the confidence back again..
So, is it me or is it the ski's that are unsuited to by size and style.. Would upgrading to a different ski result in a different feel and a better ride? woudl anyone have recommendations as to what ski woudl suit?
Thanks for your advice..