I'm about 6', 150lbs, buying my first pair of skis. I ski mostly East Coast, but I prefer skiing in trees/bumps when I can (although don't get me wrong - I do love a good groomer bomb). I go out West once a year for a week or so, and ski exclusively trees.
I have the run of K2s, Volkls, Atomics, and other major brands as choices, but I really don't know where to start. I've done a fair amount of reading on here, and everybody seems to be pretty knowledgeable; I'd love some recommendations! I can't quite figure out the right combination of narrow for tight, tree turns, and fat for crud/piste. I'm not a big fan of the really wide models, and have no need for them anyway.
As far as I can tell, the K2 aftershock and rictor both sort of occupy this halfway, with aftershocks geared towards groomers, and the rictors less so. I can't pinpoint the consensus on atomic crimsons. There also seems to be a lot of love for the volkl AC50s and the Blizzard 8.7s. I haven't read about any skis really beyond these, but I'm more than welcome to other suggestions.
The main problem is that this has to be done in the next couple of weeks. I won't be able to demo...this has to be a sort of blind buy.