Need some help choosing some new skis. Looking for something in the 100-110mm width range. I'm not an advanced skier by any means... only started seriously skiing as an adult after moving to BC and also have barely skied in the past 3 years due to having a toddler. Want to buy some new skis as some motivation to get back into it next year since our kid should be old enough to start ski lessons. I think I'm what you call an "intermediate" - I enjoy skiing primarily single black terrain in softer ungroomed snow and off piste but nothing too crazy. Focus on the harder terrain at Cypress and the single black terrain off the Peak, Harmony and 7th Heaven. I can get down all that stuff relatively confidentially but it is still challenging for me and I am not bombing down it with confidence like a more advanced skier would be able to. Looking for a ski that is forgiving and easy to ski that excels in single black off piste type terrain. Not looking to ride the craziest lines at mach speed and dropping big cliffs - just looking to have fun. All that being said... I won't be able to selectively choose powder days to ride and therefore, will probably still be spending the majority of time on standard groomed runs and will be using this ski as a 1 ski quiver. The priority is off piste but it still needs to be sufficient on groomed terrain.
I haven't kept up to date with ski technology over the past few years, but I've done a bit of research and these look interesting to me:
- Rossignol Soul 7
- Salomon QST 106
- Line Sir Francis Bacon
- Armada ARV 106
- Atomic Backland 107
If anyone has any advice for me that would be much appreciated. Ideally I would go and demo a few but realistically I know I'm not going to be able to dedicate the time and effort to do that so I just need to pick one and go with it.