Alright so I've been skiing for 15 years, but just started hitting the park last season, and have never bought ski's before.
So heres the deal, I need an all mountain/park ski, 35% Park, maybe 10% Pow, everything else groomers. 6'2, 200 pounds, size 13 shoe, agressive/expert skiier.
My main question is that do the blends really perform that much better in powder, and are they much worse in the park? I was thinking I wanted to get the blends because i do occasionally get into some powder up in Mammoth, and I feel like because I'm really big with really big feet and this is the first pair of twin tips I'll have ever ridden it might be a less drastic step down. Just wondering what the real differences between the ski's are, other than the obvious waist. Is the blend much stiffer? Is it much heavier? Are you sacraficing a decent amount of park/jib performance for the blend? And which of the two rips groomers better?
The other thing is I've found last year's Chronics for $250, but last years Blends i've only found for like $330. Also didn't the blend get new construction this year while the chronic just got a (sick!) new paint job? I'm buying in 08's.