I am an intermediate looking to purchase my first skis (I have boots). I am 6' 180lbs, skiing almost exclusively East Coast, intermediate, 43 years old and looking to advance from on-piste to off (so far I have not ventured off). Most of my skiing will be in the Poconos with a few annual visits to Vermont.
This season I was skiing on seasonal rentals from a local shop, 168 Elans with a 62mm waist (do they even make then that skinny anymore?).
Given the time of year I will not be able to demo anything and I would like to purchase in the off season rather than rent again next year.
Here are the skis I am looking at.
Blizzard 7.6 170
Blizzard 8.1 172
K2 Charger 167 or 174
K2 Rictor 167 or 174
Kastle MX78 168
It seems like the more I look and the more reviews I read, the fatter I want to go as many of the reviews say, for example, that the 8.1s perform as well on hard pack as the 7.6s and that you dont necessarily lose edge hold as you go fatter. Is this true...even for an average intermediate like me?
Also, please let me know what you think of the ski lengths..the K2s are sort of problematic because 174 seems long to me but 167 too short.
Thanks much in advance!