Looking for some advice on a new (directional) twin tip with decent all mountain performance on groomers. Old(er) at 42 here, 5'-9" and 170 lbs -ish. I have skied for years, but also not for a number of years. Just got back from Smuggs and skied everything they had open. Took our 5 and 8 year old there for the school and after a few days, had them running down any green trail - and on some un-groomed side trail stuff.
For me - had an old pair of elan magfire 10's at 168 that I used to charge around on. I am loving the idea of getting something more playful (and updated). We'll be skiing the northeast, and mostly more local slopes around CT/MA/NY. Easily will have a few extended trips to better areas- and especially as the kids grow both in age and ability.
I demoed a pair of enforcer 104 frees - which I did enjoy, and was able to screw around on while the kids where in the school. When they were not, I was moving SLOOOOWWW and really not able to play around too much on them.
I had my eyes on the Ranger 102fr or Faction Prodigy 1 or 2.0's. Haven't been able to demo either, but looking to get out and demo something available more locally with a softer flex for comparison to the enforcers (I'm thinking of something like the Line Blend to try to get the 'other side' of the spectrum...) Been looking at the ON3P Jeffrey's too - just not sure with the flex and even do I go to the custom option to set a softer flex for my use?
Looking for some advice as I'm looking to expand some freestyle skills. I'm not going to be ripping at 50 mph, and not even at 30mph with the kids (just yet). I will have those days where I can actually ski harder, so still looking for something that can hold up to more all mountain rather than park oriented. My normal skiing day would be to hit a park if we were riding into it - not necessarily spend time in it as much (again, more so possibly as the kids get more skilled). I'm constantly seeking side hits and screwing around just off the groomers. With the kids, I'd do the same - taking my moments - but more so be looking to build skills at generally lower speeds such as buttering, switch skiing to side hits, etc. Nothing crazy, just screwing around. I'm torn between the ski I'd buy now for me vs. the one I'd by now knowing how I'd be using it more... and therefore, am I better off with something with a softer flex, easier edge to edge, etc.
any/all suggestions are welcome