New to the site and looking to get back into skiing after a four year absence. Hoping you all can give me some help in selecting a new pair of skis. I'm a 36 year old, 175lb, 6ft tall former racer and competitive mogul skier (like almost 20 years ago) who's been skiing since the age of 5 and who grew up in the Canadian Rockies skiing every weekend every winter for 12 years. So technically a very good skier who was at one point an anything anywhere anytime kind of skier. Having said all that, I have not skied in four years (since moving to the east coast of the US) and am in worse shape and much less strong than I used to be (though I do hope to be in decent shape by the time the snow flies). The last skis I skied on were a pair of Volkl AC4s which completely blew my mind since the skis I was on before that were Salomon GS cap skis from the mid-90s in, like, a 205cm.
I am now looking to pick up a decent pair of all-mountain skis (probably in the 85-95mm waist range) that are well-matched to my ability and that will suffice in powder in a pinch (a 50/50 or 60/40 on/off piste). Most of my skiing will be in the East (mostly NYC area - Catskills and Adirondacks with perhaps a trip or two up to Vermont), but I do have a trip to Alta planned for January. As much as I like to pretend that I do it all, I have always been primarily a speed demon and the one thing I love more than anything is to rip fast (very very very fast) turns down a steep groomer and to just let them run when crowds (or lack thereof) permit. With that in mind, I do want something that will take me through the crud off-piste and, like I said, suffice in powder in a pinch and that will allow me to have a reasonably good time out in Utah. At this point in my skiing career, I can live without a solid performance in the bumps.
I am really not at all experienced with the new ski technology (rocker? early rise? no rocker? what's that all about?) and, given my time away from the sport, I really don't have much of a sense of how these things ski now days. I know everyone is going to tell me to demo before I buy but I'd like to try to pick up something discounted from last year's model range so I don't think demo'ing is going to be an option. Based on my research, skis that have piqued my interest are: (1) Volkl Kendo, (2) Volkl AC50 (3) Volkl Mantra (4) Line Prophet 90, (4) Blizzard Magnum 8.7, (5) Blizzard Bushwacker, (6) Atomic Crimson Ti, (7) Salomon Sentinel (8) Kastle MX88. Was kind of sold on on the Line Prophet but then started reading a lot of descriptions of it as a beginner/intermediate ski that can't handle speed. Also leaning strongly toward the Kendo but am worried that it is too much of an on-piste ski. Also want to make sure I don't get something that is just too much ski for me now that I've been away from the game for so long and am not as strong as I once was.
Please also feel free to tell me to stop overthinking this. The truth is, all of these skis will probably blow my mind given how skis have evolved over recent years. In any event, I really do appreciate any assistance you can provide.