Hello, my name is Eric and I ski in THE NORTHEAST, NH and VT. I am very strong intermediate skier type II that skis mainly groomers pretty aggressively, but last couple years my kids (10 and 12) got me into moguls, jumps and some really basic park stuff. I loved it and I want more…and need to get better at it to keep up with the kids.
What I'm looking for in this future pair of skis is a LIGHT and PLAYFULL ski that will be QUICK UNDERFOOT and will be good for:
Cruising groomers for hit side hits and jumps/basic tricks from natural features.
Really basic park stuff, mostly smaller jumps and skiing switch (landing switch eventually) a little bit of rails and boxes- not a ton but I'll try them. I don’t think I’ll do much spinning on the new skis other than trying to spin in the air off jumps or on the ground - i learned to do whirlybirds on the ground last year for example. I dont think I need a super soft ski as I'll really be focused on jumps- If my dad air goes from 1 foot to 3 or 4 feet this year and I learn to do a 180 or 360 off jumps, I’ll be psyched. I’m not going on the X games anytime soon. Well, ever.
Moguls- my 10 year old daughter LOVES them, I suck at them, gotta get better
Trees/glades- yeah, my daughter loves them too and I also suck at them.
Powder- not a big concern, I’m in the northeast, just need them to not totally suck in it when we have some.
I am 52 (still 25 in my head) 6’3 215 pounds average athletic ability and my BUDGET IS no more than $600 without bindings.
Skis I’m considering: Armada ARV 96, J skis All play
I ski enforcer 88s now, love them, awesome for charging groomers, not so much the other stuff. The new skis need to be capable on groomers to cruise and look for jumps etc but doesn’t need to be a ski that can hard charge.
Thanks, my kids got me back into skiing 6 years ago after a 15 year break, skiing with them is AWESOME and I need to keep up with them!