I'm 6'0", 170 pounds and an intermediate skier. I have only ever skied in the east but will be making my first foray to Heavenly in a couple of weeks. I'm looking to begin skiing more regularly this winter and hope to try out several different rental models, with the intention of making a purchase in the spring.
Right now, I'm looking to choose the right rentals to maximize my experience at Heavenly. I will be renting from https://www.tahoepowderhouse.com/rentals/index.php?ratecat=all due to the convenience of their location, and love that they allow you to pick out exactly which skis you want to rent online. I think I would do well with something in the $32-39 range, but the selection there is a bit overwhelming.
I would classify myself as somewhere right in the middle of the intermediate range, comfortable on all blues back east and the easier blacks. I've gotten decent at carving my turns on the easier blues, but tend to skid-turn on steeper runs. I love maximizing my speed on the blues and rarely feel out of control doing so. On my last big trip (Mont Tremblant last winter), I rented Salomon X-Wing 500s and liked them, though they didn't really stand out to me. I've been thinking about trying K2 Apache Recons at Heavenly due to the great reviews I've seen, but worry that they may be unnecessarily advanced for my needs.
I plan to ski mostly on piste in Tahoe but would love to go off a little bit, especially if there is significant powder on the mountain -- a new experience for me. I have some basic experience off piste, but not a ton. Jumps/tricks don't really interest me.
At any rate, I'm looking for advice on what skis might work best for me, preferably in the offerings of the rental shop I linked to above. Any help would be greatly appreciated!