I am a brand new member looking to buy skiis in the next few days. I am trying to catch up on past posts as quickly as I can, but I also wanted to ask for everyone's advice.
I am: 35, 6'2", 250lbs, wear 32/360 boots. I skiied from age 8-18 & was an instructor teaching beginners/intermediates the last 4 years (90-94). But I took about 15 years off & being my first season back I'm still a little rusty. I catch myself sitting back some and I tend to skid my turns a little, but I'm working on fixing both problems and overall I'm a fairly decent skiier. I've been skiing about a month on rentals, demos, and borrowed skiis this season. I like the Volkl Racetigers the best so far and liked the AC30s and Grizzly's also but I know there are a ton of other skiis out there.
I ski mostly Midwest groomed/hardpack but I am planning to spend a week or two out west at the end of the season and I'm looking for an all-mountain ski. I don't mess with the bumps or terrain parks any more, just need something to hold an edge and make pretty turns. Being a bigger guy, I'm looking for a stiffer ski & I prefer one that grips well and is quicker/easier to turn at varrying speeds. I'm also on a budget and hoping to find a good deal on some demos or something gently used for a season or two.
So what would you suggest for an Advanced Intermediate / Near Expert level skiier along those lines? And where would you suggest looking for a deal on them?
Thanks for your help!