I've been reading reviews here and there on the forums, but wanted to try to get some personalized advice. I'me 6'3" 180 lbs, and consider myself an advanced intermediate who skis east coast groomers. I've been skiing the Apache Raider for 4 yrs now, and it was my first purchase of my own equipment. I recently upgraded to new boots, and got he Dalbello Krypton Cross... I've noticed a big increase in control (and sore feet), but now I'm curious about where to go ski wise.
My local shop said suggested what look to be the usual suspects... Blizzard 8.1's, Volkl AC30, and the new K2 Rictor. The guys said that all these ski's would be a step up in stiffness from what I have now, and as such would be the next step for me to take in improving. I plan on continuing to get lessons, to not only improve my form and technique, but also to get a handle on basic mogul runs. I would say I'm squarely looking at skiing groomers, but on the east coast here that means icy and often crud filled most times. I'm most curious about the AC30's, since I hear so many good things from people who ski them. My main concern is whether or not they are beefier than adviertised, as most reviews online seem to have a caveat that they are a work out. I have tried to find a place to demo them, but cannot come up with one. I'm going to Snowshoe for a weekend in a couple of weeks, so I will try there, but in the meantime advice would be appreciated.
I like that my K2's turn pretty easily, but also don't have much to compare to other than crap rentals from before. I know demo'ing is the best way, but does anyone have similar experience and could lend a hand in giving advice on where to go next for a pair of ski's?