Hey all, been lurking for a while and finally decided to set up an account and ask a question.
I'm 22 and don't have very much experience skiing but am going to be on the slopes over 20 times this year after purchasing an Epic Local pass (breck, keystone, a basin, vail, and beaver). Being realistic I would say I'm pretty firmly in an intermediate category but am expecting to improve a lot this year since I have only skied ~10 days in my life with most of those coming last year.
I already have gotten a good pair of boots and am now looking to get a pair of skis since renting sucks and I'll be skiing enough days I would probably spend as much renting as I would just getting my own gear. I'm obviously only going to have one ski so I want a ski that will let me do everything I want. I'm not any good at it but I enjoy getting off the main trails and hitting tree runs but I also like hitting up the groomers all the way down. I have never even skied a true powder day but certainly want a pair of skis that can hold their own in powder. I found a sweet deal for a new pair of Atomic Snoop 2011 online for $350 and have been seriously considering pulling the trigger. I'm 5'11" and 175 pounds and have been contemplating the 176s while greedily searching for info on this forum.
Does anyone have any suggestions about whether this would be a good ski for me to start out with and ski for a couple years while I improve? I think the ski has traditional camber with no rocker and I'm not sure if that is something I should be concerned about? Also, I have heard the ski described as soft(er) which I'm also not sure if I should be concerned about?
Thanks for any help,