I am about to buy my first pair of skis in the next couple of weeks. I have always rented or demoed skis when skiing in Utah in the past, but my aunt and uncle recently bought a place in Taos New Mexico which has finally pushed me to get my own stuff.
The main features I am looking for in a ski are the ability to quickly and easily maneuver when turning on steeper runs, stability and forgiveness at high speeds when carving (if there is something that helps to reduce fatigue here too that would be awesome), and something appropriate for being on groomed trails ~75% of the time. It think I should be looking at all mountain skis, and I am stuck trying to figure out how to find the right trade off with ski features, length, width, etc. Once I figure out what skis I am looking for I will then make sure I find the right boots and bindings too. I don’t want to spend more than I need to on the entire setup, but I also can go north of $1,500 if there is a good reason to.
I am a 5’ 10’’ 180 lbs male with and athletic build, but I am 27 now and losing some strength and endurance due to lack of time to exercise. I would consider myself an advanced skier. I love going fast on long groomed blacks and blues, can handle the bumps alright but I can be pretty stiff and stubborn when changing directions at times, I will do an occasional double black (admittedly I am so slow on these and just do it every once in a while for the challenge), and I spend ~25% of my time off trail in the trees. I started skiing as a kid ~20 years ago, so I have a lot of experience but my form is by no means perfect. In the past I used to be more ambitious and strong enough to handle the speed of long carving turns, but now I find myself skidding a lot more when on the steeper runs to keep things in control.
With the little bit of research I have done the Atomic Blackeye TI, RTI 84 & 80, Rossignol Experience 88 & 83 seem fairly relevant to what I am looking for. Does anyone have input on ski length & width, particular products & brands, etc. that I should be focusing on. Unfortunately I will not have time to demo, so I am going to have to rely on what I can learn online and eventually head to a local shop in Houston to make my final decision.
I hope I have provided enough detail. Thanks in advance for the help!!!