I'm going on my first trip out West in a few weeks (Aspen), and I've been trying to get a good handle on the wide variety of equipment (a lot of which comes with almost zero variety in reviews, I'm learning). I'm an intermediate (maybe advanced intermediate?), but then again I don't have a ton of experience. I'm 6'2", 170lbs, 26 years old. I became addicted to skiing this season.
I currently own a pair of Rossi Bandit X's from 2003 or 2004. I've only been able to use them the last 2 years or so, so they're still in good condition, and worked well at the dinky places in the SE that I've been to. Some folks have told me they'll do fine in CO, others say not to bother bringing them.
Anyway, I guess my question is part of a longer term buying strategy - looking down the road 1-2 years in trying to develop either a 1 or 2 ski quiver that will suit me the best. So, since I'm fairly new to all this, what might be the best strategy: buying a fatter (95-105mm) ski and then looking to replace the Bandits the next season, or just getting a direct upgrade to a modern all-mountain ski in the 80-90mm range and getting the larger ski later (or never?). I do think that I'd like to get to the point where I can do a fair amount of (or maybe primarily) 'big mountain' skiing, if I'm not using that incorrectly. I'll be taking the Bandit X's out to CO, but I think I'll try to demo some Mantras since they seem to be so popular.
I hope this makes sense as it seems to be making less sense as I'm typing it. Also, skiing forums and gear seem to be the hardest thing about skiing - the actual skiing is the easy part.
(Also, first post - hello!)