So I'm an expert big mountain/powder skier, but I've started skiing park pretty much 100% of the time when I'm on the east coast where I go to school. I can do 3's on small/medium jumps and can do some of the simpler boxes/rails but i'm not really that good yet. What is a good beginner park ski that will still be good once I progress/ should i just get an advanced park ski since I'm a strong skier? Jumps interest me more than rails...
"I'm trying to inject style and creativity into my skiing, and transform a turn from a chore, into an expression. It's not only the way you see the mountain, but the way you ski it" -Eric Pollard
I was in your same boat this season. Came to a city with a park hill after living in the mountains and skiing big mountain/pow all my life. Don't get a beginner ski, you'll just thrash them.
I was skiing on some old AR6s that I have had but never used for a couple seasons. They we're amazing. Look into the AR7 or AR6s.
No, and if you plan to use it out of the park even as little as like 10% or 20% of the time, absolutely not. Unless your park riding is to a level where something like that matters, being slightly off center the small amount of time you'll be doing tricks wont make a difference, but you'll notice the centered mount when you ski the ski elsewhere, all the time.