Novice board recommendations
Hi, all. First post. I'm a 40-something with about 2 seasons of riding to my credit. Basic stats are 5'11", 155lbs, 10.5 boot.
I ride groomers (in the northeast) almost exclusively; no park, no pipes, no trees, fakey only occasionally (usually when I get turned around without meaning to...). Moderate skill level (linked skidded turns; the occasional moment of actual carving), but still learning to get comfortable with speed. In a nutshell: a cruiser looking to carve sometime in the future.
Current board is a Ride something or other (159) -- Craigslist special -- and I want to get my first new board.
I've been reading, talking to dealers, and pinging complete strangers (like you!), and I've pretty much narrowed it down to:
Atomic Cold Smoke (160)
Salomon Ace (160)
(Actually, I was going to get a Cold Smoke until I saw the Ace on... Craigslist... but, hey, it's new!)
I'd appreciate any advice. I'm looking for a board to grow with -- although I have lots to learn, I feel I'm past the "learner's board" phase.