Hello, I'm new to the forum. I am looking into buying a new pair of skis and I'm looking for some input regarding which skis might be best for me to consider. I've been skiing all my life but till two years ago I've been a very...recreational skier. I've since become a lot more...passionate about it. On a scale of 1-10 I'd gauge my talents between 5-7/8. I'm looking for a ski that would help me transition to a full blown advanced/expert skier, help improve my technique, would allow me to explore off-piste as I'm interested in eventually trying out powder skiing but the hills in my vicinity don't really offer that. Also I'd like the ski to have good turning and be fairly forgiving. Affordability is a consideration as well but I'd like to hear some high-end options as well. There are some local deals near me that I'm considering,
There is a pair of 2012 Atomic Smoke TL's complete with bindings available for $399, I've tried to find some information on the ski but all I can find really is the Smoke and Smoke TI. There is another deal nearby for a pair of Volkl RTM...not sure which model exactly, it may be the 73, but it includes marker bindings and poles for $350 or for $550 it includes a matching pair of Atomic boots. The latter deal ends pretty soon so some insight into that would be appreciated as it seems like quite a bargain.
Thanks for any and all help.