I'm looking to buy my first ski. I'm 6ft and around 260lbs and dropping weight (shooting for 230lb realistically). I have plenty of wakeboard, and wakeskate experience. I'm looking to get into slalom. Despite my weight, I'm in pretty good shape. I play hockey in adult leagues roughly 3 nights a week, and have no problem completing a National Enduro or long Harescrambles on my dirt bike (if your not familiar, those are 3-5hr races.)
I'm currently looking at the HO Freeride 69" and a HO Omni 69". The first question is regarding the ski.
How big is the difference between deep water starts on the Freeride and the Omni? I don't want to get a Freeride and within a season which I had gotten the Omni.
The next question is binding size. I tried on the 7-11 FreeMAX and the 10-15. The 7-11 is snug, and my toes were right at the end of the base. The 10-15 felt huge. I could still lift my heel maybe 1/4" after tightening it as much as I could in the store. How snug do I want a slalom ski binding? If I decide on the Omni I could get it with an Animal binding as well, but I liked the idea of the size variance in case any of my friends want to try it.
My goals: I would love to eventually end up course skiing, but having a family of 5 most of what I will likely be doing is open water skiing at Center Hill Lake in TN. I can normally find glass water as long as go deep enough into the coves to get past the tubers and surfers. I know there is a course on the lake, and I would love to get to that point but I'm kinda clueless on what it will take to get to that point.