I need some help deciding on some new skis for next year (looking to find an end of year deal). I'm 25, 5'10" about 180. Level 9 skier. East coast 9 anyways (never been out west).
I grew up skiing bumps, for awhile basically skied bumps exclusively. Got out of skiing for few years (grad school/lack of $). My body can't handle that kind of skiing all the time any more so I need something different when I'm out of the bumps. I pretty much ski hard and fast, mostly long turns due to my straight bump skis. Looking for something that will handle East Coast conditions well; groomers, ice, crud, etc. I'd like something that can make the longer high speed turns and be stable, but still be responsive to make some quick/shorter turns as conditions dictate without having to really work hard like I do now (does this ski even exist? A unicorn?). I could careless how these skis handle in the bumps, I'm sure I'll venture into a mogul field with them but if I'm really gonna ski bumps I'll break out my other skis. I would like to make it out West sometime in the next year or two and will be taking these skis with me.
So far I'm looking at Atomic Blackeye Ti, Salomon XW Enduro, K2 Charger and the Volkl AC30. I'd say right now I'm leaning towards the Atomics, but don't really know why. Don't really have any time left around here to demo skis. I'm open to other suggestions you might have. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help.