Hi all, its time for new skis and boots as I am moving on from my beginner set.
East Coast near Boston. Killington, Stowe, Mount Snow, Loon, Wachusett, Sunday River.
5'8" 170-175lbs, athletic
I am an intermediate skier (comfortable on most blacks, some double blacks). Currently I primarily ride groomers, but I have found that my favorite part of any run (aside from just ripping down a slope) is hitting the small jumps and elements on the side of trails, ducking into glades, and fun easy tricks like spinning and skiing switch on small hills (hoping to build up to more).
I would like to transition to hitting some rails and larger jumps in the park, getting more comfortable in the woods, and improving my overall speed and ability on the most difficult slopes (double and triple blacks).
I did some research and really like the idea of an all mountain twin tip, I have been looking at the 2019 Line Chronic, Moment PB&J, Faction Candide 2.0 (3.0?), ON3P Kartel 96, Armada ARV 96, and K2 Poacher. Unfortunately, I haven't been unable to demo any of these, and only the Armada, Poacher, Chronic, and Faction are available locally for me to go look at.
I all I had the chance to demo are the k2 pinnacle 95 170, k2 pinnacle 88 177, and Nordica Enforcer 100 (cant remember length). Though these where all great skis, and performed much better than my only k2 konic 75s, I didn't fall in love, hence the curiosity to try something different.
Does what I am looking for actually exist? a ski that is playful(and durable) enough for a beginner to learn the park, yet able to carve an edge well enough handle difficult trails at moderate-fast speed without huge wobble?
GEAR I NEED:
For new nice skis like these I will need new boots, no idea where to go there.
bindings to accommodate the activities above
This is a big ask, so I guess it costs what it costs, don't skimp for quality and safety.
When asking a guy in a demo shop he told me that the all mountain twin tip was "dying" and that it was pointless to get a set. He recommended an all mountain pinnacle or enforcer and a park ski. Was he right, or just a biased dick?