After skiing off and on for the past few years, I'm looking to start skiing regularly again. I bought my last pair of skis in 2000, the Rossignol Bandit X. I feel it's time for an upgrade, but a lot has changed in 11 years, and I'm completely out of touch with where skis stand at the moment, so I would love your advice.
I'm 5'11", 150lbs, and my current Bandit Xs are 191 length (yeah!). 90+% of my skiing is going to be in the Poconos in PA, such as Camelback, with maybe an occasional trip up to the North East (Gore in NY, Killington in VT). I ski blacks and double blacks, preferring to stick to whichever trail has moguls, or, failing that, whichever black has the most powder (however little there is here). I tend to ski aggressively and fast.
The dealer at the local ski shop recommended the following skis for me, with the following descriptions:
Nordica Firearrow 74 - recommended as best for the Poconos and moguls - dealer's first choice for me, figuring that it's the best on hard pack and I can always rent a powder ski should I need one
Head Peak 78 - slightly wider for better stability in powder, but not as quite quick in the moguls or as good on the hardpack - dealer's second choice
Nordica Firearrow 80 - wider still, possibly too wide for the local conditions
Blizzard Magnum 7.6 - inbetween the Firearrow and Peak
Blizzard G-Force Ultrasonic - narrowest at 73, similar to Firearrow
Goode Plunge - lightest, most unforgiving, and with a very different feel to the others
I've done as much online research as I could, but I want to feel sure that I'm making the right choice, and I haven't gotten closer to that. I'll try to demo some this weekend, but I feel like everything is going to be such a change from my current skis that I won't be able to trust my opinion. Do these seem like good choices for me? Would some be better for me than others? Any other skis that might be a better fit for me?
Thanks for any advice you can give me.