I am a 205 lb 6' expert skier with no knowledge of current skis. I grew up skiing east coast; was a freestyle coach (moguls primarily) and instructor at loon mountain, NH in the mid 90's. I enjoyed skiing on slalom race skis (my favorite was the K2 SL race ski for ripping round turns down the steepest fall line i could find). I am slow to change to new technology...in fact my all-mountain ski up until a couple years ago were a pair of older (allright...OLD) 204cm Valdez Extremes. I am currently on some atomics from 10-12 years back or so that are a lot easier on me than the very (very) straight RDs. I skied a friend's 165cm (i;m sure you've heard the joke about the similarities between skiing the short shaped skies and getting head from a guy...) Atomic metron 11(?) which i found very fun, making full circles while carving groomers.
I am currently skiing Big Sky primarily and like to get into the deeper snow when its there and prefer off piste but still like to work on counter-rotating short swing turns on groomers while following my kids. I enjoyed with my older skis getting thrust out of turns by the stiff tails of the skis--getting weightless at the midpoint between turns--though now in my 40's it can get a bit tiring (it's tough getting used to the transition from skiing 60 times per year to 6. I live/work in ND and can often be found hiking up small buttes in the area to get a few powder turns in.]) New shaped skis just sort of "do" turns on their own without explosions exiting turns...something that keeps me longing for my "straight" boards.
MY ISSUE IS: I have no idea where to start looking for a new ski. I almost bought K2 Recons. I like the superquick-turning metrons but don't really know what length (i usually just bought the longest offered). I had a pair of Head GS race skis in the late 80s that i loved so am biased toward that brand as well. I wouldn't mind buying something a couple years old (gently used on Ebay) to save a few bucks. I still like ripping aggressive round turns under the lift in heavy snow. I have the luxury of being able to avoid icy conditions so i don't need the full grip offered by slalom race skis, but want something that demands some attention. I need a short list of what to look to demo... i would also like advice on length.
Thank you for your attention and input!