Long time reader, first time poster.
Some background about me. 28 year old male. I raced until my freshman year of high school. I quit competitive ski racing to focus on baseball. I played professional baseball for 6 years and ended my career at the AAA level. My contracts did not allow me to ski while I was playing baseball. After getting out of baseball, I have got the skiing bug again. I bought a season pass and have been ripping from the first chair to the last chair. My current setup. Old pair of Salomon World Cup prototype race boots. They were the precursors to the red Equipe line (I think). Skis are Atomic Beta Race 10.26 at 198cm (dinosaurs) I love to ski as fast as I possibly can. I like taking high speed arcing turns to the point that I am afraid the ski patrol will take away my pass. The problem is that it is hard to get enough open space latter in the day to really ski fast. The 10.26s are not the best ski to pick around newbies crowding the slopes. Also, skiing in the sierras I do have to deal with crud. I want a ski that is a blast to ski fast and to make hard cranking turns on. A ski that is capable of long and medium turns is paramount. I would like a ski that performs in the crud and backcountry, but that is certainly less important (i would rate that as 10% important). Also, I would like to spend as little as possible so I am thinking of going the used/ebay route. So, what skis do you think would suit my needs? Race ski, all mountain ski, mid fat, rocker (whatever the heck that is)???? Brands? I value everyone's opinion on this site. This is a great site that puts out a lot of information. Thanks for the input -Mav