I'm moving up from an old pair of Intermediate Volkl Supersport 4 in 168. I've had them for 5 years now and need a new pair.
Doing research on this site and others(I actually haven't demoed yet), I think I've come down to two Volkl pairs the "Kendo" or the "AC30" in 170. I'm 5' 8" and 150 lbs. I'm an Advanced skier who prefers hard packed groomed runs. I ski on the west coast mainly Big Bear, Ca. or Mammoth Mtn. At Mammoth I prefer chairs like 5 or 3 (sometimes chair 23).
Many reviewers are giving the "Kendo" waving reviews. Such things as the edge control is good enough on groomed runs but it's also good in some powder.
Some say the AC30 is a less forgiving ski so you must be aggressive at all times.
I'm looking for one "do it all" ski for out West skiing. Any help would be appreciated.