Hello, I am new around here and have spent quite a number of hours reading threads and reading reviews and at this point my brain is mush and my head is spinning so I thought I would ask a few opinions before I step away from it for the evening.
I am, by my own accounts, an intermediate skier. I have been on and off the slopes since the age of 12 and I am 32 now. For the last 5 years I have been skiing every season but I may only get out for 4 or 5 days in a season. The second problem is that I live on the east coast of Virginia and only have Massanutten and Wintergreen resorts to play on regularly. Everything I run is well groomed and I'm not comfortable on bumps at all. I run blues at a faster pace than most with good lines and good control. I run blacks at a slower pace and less smooth and will occasionally hit some small jumps in the terrain park. It is not unheard of for me to eat it once or twice a day especially when I start getting tired and lazy, so I'm not sure if I really qualify as an intermediate.
I am currently using a pair of Elan x-carve skis that are about 8-10 years old and they suit me okay and are in good shape but I really feel like I could enjoy my days a little more with some newer technology. Because I only get out a few days a year I'm only looking to spend about $200-$250. I have been searching craigslist and ebay but just don't know which skis really suit my ability. I would love to have a list of some good skis that I could search around for that would help me become a better skier but won't be too much to enjoy.
I found a really good deal on some 09 Elan 777's and some Volkl AC 2 Unlimited 72's in 177s but I keep finding conflicting reviews and suggestions for their level. Some say they are good intermediate to intermediate/advanced skis and then I have seen them classified as expert skis. What do you all think of those two or any others that you could suggest? Thank you in advance for any advice. It looks like you all have a really nice forum going here.