Hey all. This was an excellent Christmas so I will be getting some new skis with the cash! Well, also, because I broke a ski when I hit that log a couple Sundays ago.
I'm 25, 5'11'', 210 lbs. PNW skier. The ski I was using was 174cm Rossi Bandit S2's, I know, probably too short for my weight, but that is what they recommended (the guy actually picked a shorter ski first and I was about 240lbs at the time of purchase). Expert skier, although I've only really skied Baker for the past few years, but will ski pretty much anything on that mountain.
After I broke my ski the same day I rented a pair of Salomon Shogun's 182 which felt drastically different from the beat up B2's. Incredible in the crud once the powder was skied out. I LOVED them for the 2-3 hours that I had them, but I think I should give them another day.
Thinking about demoing:
Rossignol S3 Freeride
I'm looking for suggestions though. I'm not really sure what a good width will be since I've been skiing solely on the Bandits for 4 years now. I usually ditch the groomers to go find the powder and trees, but probably won't make it to the backcountry anytime soon even at the behest of my ski buddy. I was thinking the ski's I mentioned would be good as Baker seems to turn to crud later in the day once the foot of powder is washed away. Hoping to ski some other local spots this year besides Baker, perhaps I'll make it to Whistler.
Also, length. I know the 174's I had were way to short for me. Is 182 for the Shogun's good?
At this point I'm leaning more toward the Shogun's. Additionally, I don't have a ton of money so I can't demo a million different ski's.