I've been lurking here for a while and have learned a lot in a short amount of time, so thanks for that. I decided to come out of lurker hiding for some advice.
This is essentially my first season skiing. I'd been two days out of the previous three years, both times with rental boots that hurt my enormous calves a ton. But I liked it enough that I decided to invest some time and money into the sport and get serious this season, so I bought a great pair of boots and have gone out six days so far, with hopefully another 3-6 to come depending on how long the season lasts here in Northern CA and how often I can get up to Tahoe.
I'm fairly athletic and have gotten much better pretty quickly. I just took a 5-6 level lesson on Saturday and it helped a lot, learning to keep my weight forward, keep my hands out in front, keep shoulders and head pointed downhill, etc.; and I felt a lot more stable and in control.
I've been an avid cyclist for a long while now, and I know that I will want to ski aggressively (fast runs down steep terrain, tight turns through technical tree sections, etc.) once I have the skills to do so. I already go as fast as I can and remain in control.
I've spent a fair amount of money on demoing skis, so it'd be great to save some money for the future and buy some discounted skis in a month or so, but I don't want to buy intermediate skis and need to buy another pair in a year or so. Is it worth buying skis when I still have a large amount of learning ahead? Is there an advanced ski that I can grow into? To that end, what sorts of skis should I be trying out? Or should I just rent carvers until I hone my technique more and wait til the end of next season when I'm hopefully closer to expert level? I want to do whatever will reinforce proper technique.
Here's some information about me:
-I live in San Francisco and will almost entirely skiing in the Tahoe area. There's a good chance I'll be going once a season or so to Colorado and/or the Park City area in the future since work takes me there sometimes, but that's probably the extent of skiing outside of the area.
-I'm 5'10.5" and weight between 170-185, depending on how much I'm watching my eating and how much cycling training I'm doing over the winter. Most often I imagine I'll be in the 175-180 range, as I am now.
So far I've skied:
-some entry-level Atomic ski that was quite short, 155 maybe? That was on my first day out this winter, so I was just trying to remember how to get down the mountain and didn't notice too much about the skis.
-Atomic Smoke TIs, a little longer than that. I skied those for a long weekend and they felt pretty good, but I was pretty much just skidding around still at that point.
-Rossi S3s, probably too long for me, since they were 186. They were fun and forgiving, but I feel as if they were covering up my poor technique and maybe reinforcing bad habits. But I skied them because of how highly recommended for Tahoe they were at the Sports Basement.
-Head Big Easy-what I skied on Saturday, they were probably helpful for taking the lesson, but later on in the day I wiped out when I was going quite fast. Probably because of how flexy they are? They seemed to catch an edge unexpectedly at higher speeds.
I mostly rent from the Sports Basement since it's close to my house, and that's where my demo money was spent at, but there's another shop in the neighborhood, and I sometimes make it out to California Ski Co in Berkeley. So if there are specific skis I should try that aren't carried at SB, I could possibly track them down there.
Thanks for reading this epically long message, hope some of you can make some suggestions!