Help with new skis - birthday coming up

Discussion in 'Hardgoods: Skis, Bindings, Poles, and More' started by ScottA, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. ScottA

    ScottA At the base lodge Skier

    Mar 12, 2019
    Hi everybody,

    Just recently discovered this forum and spent the past couple of days reading up across lots of different threads - so much great stuff!

    Anyway, with a birthday rapidly approaching I am cashing in all my brownie points to get a new pair of skis (on the basis that I have possibly entered midlife crisis territory and instead of getting a fast car or other less savory alternatives, I will work out my angst on the slopes). Would love some advice, although I sense my list of desires for a ski might be too broad for any single all mountain ski. Anyway here are a few details:
    • I'm 6'2" and weigh 190 pounds.
    • Most of the time I ski in the mid-west on relatively hard snow although we do get rare powder days. I manage to get to Canada/west coast every couple of years which I love.
    • I've been skiing about 50 times this season and I am confident on double blacks but have recently enjoyed getting into the trees (which I still kinda of suck at so I have been practicing on moguls which I also suck at but want to get better).
    • I am not particularly aggressive but like going fast. My goal is to become a better skier in every condition.
    • I'm currently skiing Salomon qst92s at 185cm which have been great but they can be a little soft when it is icy out and I struggle with maneuverability when I am in tighter spots.They don't float particularly well in powder either.
    A couple of skis that have grabbed my attention are the Mantra M5s and the Dynastar Legend 96s (both of which I am hoping to demo in a few days). Also I have been thinking about sizing down my skis to 177-180cm for more off-piste skiing but hopefully not at the expense of losing too much stability when going fast on groomers.

    Anyway suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have spent way too much work time recently reading my way through the internet but I thought I would impose on the expertise in this forum for a little additional help :)

    Thanks very much
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