I have been skiing on 168 Volkl Six Starsfor the last five years or so. I was skiing at Jay Peak two weekends ago when I encountered a problem. Towards the end of the second day I was popping out of the bindings a lot easier than I should have been. I assumed it was a binder issue but come to find out it wasn't. A portion of the rail that the binding slides into ripped out of the ski. On one of the skis a piece of the rail actually broke off when I removed the bindings. I sent them to Volkl but there isn't anything they can do. Needless to say the Six Stars are deceased.
So now I am looking for new skis at the time of year when "demo days" are none existent. I am planning on going to Stratton, VT this Sunday. Then I am going to Sugarloaf for Reggae Fest in mid April. I am trying to decide if I should just buy a pair of skis now or just rent for the rest of this year and wait to demo skis next season before I buy. I found a shop new Stratton that still has demos left but it cost $60 a day! If I rent this Sunday and 3 days at Sugarloaf I am going to spend over $200 just in rental fees. I guess I don't have much of a choice at this point unless a just buy a pair without trying them. I would rather not do that but I might just because it costs so much to rent performance skis.
Anyway, I live in RI and mostly make day trips to VT. I consider myself to be an advanced skier but not an expert. I am 34 years old, weigh @195 and am 5'10". Lately I have been mostly skiing woods and bumps. I mainly only ski groomers to get back to the lift. The Six Stars where incredible on the hard pack and groomers at high speeds but they were a handful in the bumps and in the woods especially when there was fresh powder.
I am looking for something that is better in the bumps and woods but can still handle well enough on the hard pack and groomers. I only get to ski @5-10 times a year so I need one ski that can do it all. I know next to nothing about current model skis. I've been reading reviews here for the past few days and my head is starting to hurt. I have somewhat narrowed my search down to an all mountain ski like the Line Prophet 90, Volkl Kendo/Mantra or the AC30s. There are so many skis available nowadays that it is almost overwhelming.
I am looking for a shop around Stratton that still has demos left to try. I found one that has AC30s but after reading reviews here the past few days I am wondering if I should try something else instead.
What do you guys recommend?