What's the phrase? Long time listener, first time caller? Close enough.
I know you all get a lot of these kinds of posts (I've read through half of them myself), so hopefully you're not worn out on it yet. I'm 31, 6'1", 180 have been skiing since I was 7, and I'm just getting back on skis this season after a 7 year gap. I live in Northern NY (close to Canada - nowhere near the city), and am fairly far away from any big hills. We have a small local hill that is great for evening or morning runs but really isn't terribly big (Dry Hill, if anyone's familiar - 1 minute down, 3 minutes on the lift). What it does actually have is a large variety of conditions. Couple of different level groomers, some ungroomed woods/bumps runs, steep blacks groomed or not, and some small terrain features. After getting my carve back this season, and spraining my thumb in the process (first ski injury, believe it or not), I decided to upgrade my gear and focus on freestyle/freeride.
Wow, that's a long intro for a short question. I'm looking for recommendations for EC all-mountains that can handle jibbing and tricking. Don't need anything that can handle deep pow or super ice. We mostly get in between conditions. I've been riding - brace yourselves - Head Carve 15s (178, 65-70 waist or so) - for the last 15 years or so. Bought them before I knew anything about skis and they've served me well enough to get me to intermediate level skiing. Time for something new.
Biggest hurdle is budget - mine is small. Looking to keep it under 300 max. I know that's not much, but I'm good with several years old models and old demo skis. Just want something to have some fun on.
Well, that all said, glad to be here, and thanks in advance for whatever advice you can offer!