So...I've been doing my fair share of research but end up more confused the deeper I dig...could really use some help.
I need some advice regarding skis - but of the more general nature (not: "help me pick Brand x vs. y).
Background: 44 years old, about 5'10 (176.5cm), 160 lbs. Originally from Austria - so grew up skiing but hadn't gone in years and years...and got completely passed by by ski technology (living in Texas sure doesn't help ;-)) As far as skills are concerned - not really sure how to rate myself (sure I'm out of practice...but at least still in shape). Never was really great on powder but otherwise tackled pretty much any run (most of my skiing after school occurred on double/triple black diamonds equivalents w/ moguls)
Last winter my wife and I went skiing in Utah with another couple - and of course I had to rent the equipment. So I got outfitted with a "carver" that hit me at the chin or thereabouts. Now my old skis were 195cm so naturally I wasn't happy about the length - it just felt way too short - but I was told over and over again that this was just about perfect (rental places...sigh. I think the place didn't have anything longer - lol). So we hit the slopes - and OMG: how effortless skiing has become!!!! At least as far as turning is concerned...as far as speed goes though...not so much! Going faster was pretty much impossible and the skis were all over the place and almost impossible to control. Definitely had to change my style...but still...I had a great time (BTW: due to the people I was with, had to stay on mostly blue runs with only occasional black diamonds).
Now I'm planning on going skiing again early January - but since I absolutely hated the rental skis and I'm planning on going every year, I will buy my gear. Nothing expensive, mind you...I live in Texas after all - so going skiing is a major hassle. So is buying gear...obviously there's nowhere to test equipment around here ;-)
So - what do I order? The only thing I know is that a TR of 13m is probably not going to get me the stability I'd like when skiing faster. But should I get a pair of GS style "sports" carvers with a waist < 70mm (thinking about 178cm length)? It seems to me a lot of the steeper runs (which I like) don't get much attention as far as grooming is concerned (also obviously fewer people skiing there) and if it dumps, I'm likely to encounter quite a bit of soft snow and crud -- so would a moderate "Backcountry" style ski with a waist around 80mm be a better all-around choice?
Any insight is appreciated (and I hope I didn't waste anybody's time here)!