Firstly, i have searched the forum and gathered as much info as i can from that and from my local shop. So i hope this question isnt too redundant.
Havent skiid in over a decade but I getting back into the sport and want to make it permanent. I previously didnt have the money to travel west more than once a year, or the luxury of being within driving distance of a slope, but now i do.
My experience a decade ago was very limited, so Im starting over. Ive had 6 days on the snow this season trying to get reaquainted with the sport, but didnt venture out until late January. Three in Utah, the rest in NC. I decided quickly that I was not going to use rental boots ever again, and had always heard that the boots were the #1 priority, so i got fitted and settled on a pair of Tecnica Phoenix 70 boots, which fit me best and im pleased with so far. My rental experience has been pretty dreadful as the skis have been pretty crappy in quality, and up to 7 years old or more. I skiid some Rossignols in Utah which were pretty good though. As you can imagine much of the rental skis in NC are awful. I think having a consistent ski will help me learn, not to mention the rental fees add up pretty quickly.
Most of my skiing will be in the southeast/midatlantic, and hopefully 1-2 trips west each year. I am still very much in the learning phase, but Im improving i think. Ive had 3 lessons during my 6 days on the snow and plan to continue taking lessons as well.
I want a ski that I can learn and advance on and get me thru a year or two before I possibly outgrow it. Off piste skiing is very appealing to me, but I know im not close to being there yet. Just not sure how long till i might be able to venture off the trails.
Im 43, 6ft 210.
What has been suggested to me so far are a few skis.
Volkl AC 20; K2 Photon, and the Line Prophet 90, which i was surprised the guy suggested as i thought it was more than I wanted, but he said it might not be.
Ive also looked at (online) the Bliz Magnum 7.6. Was not suggested by anyone in particular, but just picked up on it from surfing forums. Are these 4 on the right track? Any other suggestions?
It would be great to pick up something on clearance or sale, but its not mandatory.
thanks in advance.