Looking to get back into skiing more after about a 5 year lapse (of regular skiing, have skied once in a while). Have not owned skis in more like a decade. At the time of my "retirement" I was probably about a 7/10 skill wise. Skied all blues with confidence at high speed, mostly confident on blacks, parallel but at reduced speed. Some off trail confidently (not that there's much of this in New England).
I'm 30 years old, 5'10", 175ish. Looking for a good all mountain ski that will grip the nasty hardpack and ice we get in New England but still deal with the "boundary to boundary"/glades territory that a lot more mountains have now. Specifically talking areas like Brackett Basin, etc. Looking for something good for about 65/70% on trail vs off. I don't do moguls (kills my knees) so that is not a concern. Medium radius is what I think I want as well. Want a ski suitably for where I am now but that will let me grow. I'm a moderately aggressive skier.
Looking to buy prior year models to save some serious bank. I will be buying my boots locally so I can get the fit exactly right (and have the bindings mounted, no replacing face to face service on this stuff for me), but I have no problem buying skiis online, especially considering the potential savings. I have narrowed it down to some ideas based on cruising this forum and general internet research:
Blizzard Magnum 8.1
Dynastar Legend 4800 or 8000
Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appreciated!