Another one of these generic posts for a first time buyer. Did a lot of searching but have been a bit overwhelmed with all of the information, especially since I donít understand a lot of the terminology/lingo (although I do a bit more after researching). Anyways, hereís the quick rundown but Iíll go into more detail below:
Weight: 160 lbs
Ability level: Beginner - Intermediate
Budget: $400-750 USD (for both skis and bindings)
Ski preference: One-quiver ski
Iíve been skiing since I was ~10. Mostly tiny, crappy mountains in Southern California (i.e., Mountain High and Big Bear). Have typically gone about 1-3 days/year. Finally got a season pass to Tahoe this year (value pass so Iíll be at North Star, Heavenly, and Kirkwood) so I figure itís time to buck up and buy some gear. Hoping to bump that number up to 15+ days this year.
I can definitely get down the mountain okay without looking like a total jackass but I think relative to most people on here Iím still fairly inexperienced. Iíve pretty much skied groomed runs exclusively with a few (think 2-3) real powder days. Definitely have trouble in powder but my previous experience has always been with on-piste rentals that Iím sure didnít help. Think Iíll still mostly be skiing groomed runs but would prefer skiis that would at least keep my options semi-open in the future. E.g., would love to try back country and park has always appealed to me a bit.
Budget is unfortunately not as large as I would like it to be but thatís largely due to being a broke grad student. I have no problem buying used gear thatís a few years old if itís going to save me some sheckles. If itís really worth it, I could probably stretch that budget out a little bit more. Just to clarify, I need both skis, bindings and poles. I do have boots that I got fitted for at Start Haus in Truckee last year; I got Salomon XMAX 100ís.
What would you guys recommend I demo that might fit my criteria? Like I mentioned before, Iím down to buy older used skis (if itís going to stretch my budget more) and realize that shops may not have these as demos anymore. What new skis would you recommend I demo that might replicate some older skis that would be within my budget? What specifications should I look for in a ski? Length? 180-189cm? Waist? Etc. Iíve heard good things about the Salomon Rocker2, Line Blend, Nordica NRGy, and the ON3P Kartel 108s after searching a bit but obviously open to anything.
Hope thatís enough information to get started. Donít hesitate to ask if thereís anything else that you need.