So Im looking for a new set of skis, havent really demo'd anything yet this season, got a late start (injury). I would put myself as a level 7, I ski mostly groomers (at pretty fast speed but big carves), but I am looking to get more comfy with off-piste, bumps, glades, etc next few seasons. I'd put that at about an 80/20 but looking to go more 60/40. Almost 90% of my skiing is in the northeast, and when I go out west I usually just rent/demo a wider all/big mountain ski. I ski about 10-15 days a year if Im lucky, some years only a weekend or two. I'm 6'1 195 lbs btw. I usually ski a 177ish size.
So yes I know, here goes the question beat to death here. I'm kinda narrowed down btwn the AC30 or Blizzard Magnum 8.1, as Ive heard great things about both these skis if you're a primary groomer skiier but occasionally venture off into other terran. Other skis I'm also considering would be AC50 (maybe too stiff), Kendo, Sultan 80/85, Kastle MX78. Feel free to throw out other suggestions for me too. I'm going to prolly do a few demo days btwn now and presidents week and then decide.
I've been calling a few shops in the NE, and EVERYONE seems to carry and praise the volkl line but hardly anyone has blizzards, any reason for that (considering they get quite alot of praise here and are the possible AC30/50 killer)?? The shop I was in this weekend almost basically said "everyone" is skiing a Volkl this season, they're hands down the best and anything else would be cutting yourself short. Found that a bit narrow-minded
So my ultimate question would also then be since the 2012 lineups were recently introduced, to jump on an AC30 / Blizzard Magnum 2011 sale OR wait for the new RTM 80/84 from Volkl for 2012? What enhancements are made and are they worth waiting a year and paying the extra buck? Anything I'd be losing out on by not going with the well-established AC line? Your thoughts, thanks.