YOUR MOVING PLATFORM: 2 PLANKS !
THE PLATFORM YOU STAND ON: YOUR SKIS.
Nowadays, all the different brands make good skis. Make sure you demo your skis before buying them.
So, what kind of skis should you buy ? I would say, it depends what you intend to do and what kind of conditions you most often ski.
And don’t let yourself get fooled by salespersons in ski shops: don’t ever buy an “intermediate” ski – unless you want to remain at that level and join the “terminal intermediates” cohort… You need a responsive ski that will teach you where (and how to find) the right spot and help you acquire efficient movement patterns.
On the other hand, forget about buying FIS* race skis: if you are reading this page for advice, you are certainly not a FIS racer, so don’t believe you will be able to handle the race stock skis. You will never ski at Mach Schnell on bullet proof injected slopes like Ted Ligety, Lindsay Vonn and the likes…. You’ve been warned !
So just make sure to be prepared before you go to your favorite ski shop, and ask CONFIDENTLY for a specific ski.
*The difference between FIS (French Acronym for International Ski Federation) and Non-FIS race skis ? The former comply to all the rules established by the organization, and are designed for extremely fit athletes with thousands of hours of mileage skiing at high speeds in a race course, while the latter are a detuned version built with the general public in mind. They are less demanding technically and physically, but still powerful, precise, and last but not least, FUN !