First off I live in Atlanta so my skiing experience is terribly limited. I skied at a couple of the North Carolina hills a few times and then four years ago I took my first trip out west to Colorado and skied Loveland for three days. Since then I've taken 1-2 trips out west and have skied Loveland and Copper in CO, Powder Mountain in UT, and Northstar and Mt. Rose in Tahoe as well as a handful of trips to NC.
At this point I'm comfortable on blues at all the above areas and skied a couple of blacks at Northstar last year. This year it looks like my first skiing will be at Liberty in PA for a warm-up then I'm going to SLC to ski Powder Mountain and Snowbasin at the end of February, then off to Tahoe at the end of March.
With all that said, I am now interested in purchasing my first skis. At this point I don't have a lot of interest in skiing off the trails or in deep powder (I don't know that I'm going to ever get enough consistent experience to be good at it). I am 5'11", 165 lbs., and mostly want to go fast and improve my turning on blue / black groomers.
Anybody have any suggestions of skis I could try out? Thanks so much!