I'm looking to get a pair of twin tips. Never had a pair before...I just started doing a lot of park skiing and I love it, but I can't even do a 180 on my downhill skis. I want something quality but don't want to spend too much on anything. My size would be somewhere in the 170's, and the skis would have to be good for Pennsylvania skiing as this is where I go 80% of the time. Tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Well, with skiing in Pennsylvania, you probably aren't hitting too many steep glades or BC, so you may want a more park oriented (i.e. soft) rather than all-mountain ski. But with your relative inexperience with park, it may take you some time before you know what you want (rocker, camber, soft, stiff, pop, etc). If I were you, I would wait till summer sales and then get a relatively inexpensive pair to learn park on. When you develop preferences, you will be better able to make decisions on what type of park ski you will look for next.
A park ski doesn't have to be soft, nor does an all-mountain ski have to be stiff. But OP...I would start out at a full cambered mid-flexing ski until you start to develop a style of your own. Once you develop that style, you can change it up to a ski that suits it. A couple good quality full cambered ski are the armada el ray, and t-hall, k2 recoil (has minuscule rocker I think but still acts cambered), salomon suspects. Pretty much every company has a ski like this. So it shouldn't be too hard to find one...good luck!
on the contrary, i would go for a cambered ski with early rise for sure. it will still act like a cambered ski as far as carving, but the rocker will make it more nimble and forgiving
i wouldnt recommend the recoil as it is pretty stiff and probably not the best beginner park ski. check out the on3p filthy rich, moment vice, volkl kink/ledge, atomic punx/infamous, or the line chronics
"I think safety meetings should be mandatory, as skiing the park can get a bit dangerous some times. Just mellow out with a saftey meeting and everything will be safe and smooth." -John Ware
Hence why I suggested the mid flex. It will be more forgiving. But rocker is all opinion, so I geuss it depends on the person. And as for the Recoils, I heard they were a mid flex, but I geuss I must be wrong. OP- just keep in mind theat rocker will shorten the effective edge, and going a size up May be necissary.