Hi All, I'm looking to get some expert advice and skier opinions to select our, wife and I, next all mountain ski for the upcoming season. I apologize in advance for the long winded post, alright, here it goes...
I'm 6' 3", 230 lbs and a solid intermediate skier in Utah. I started skiing 2 seasons ago and have slowly progressed to feeling comfortable on double blue runs, I've skied a few single black runs but only felt comfortable on one of them. I've almost exclusively skied groomers with my wife, partly because I'm with her most of the time and that's what I I've been most comfortable on too. I've been skiing on 2010-11 Volkl AC30 in 184 for the past 2 seasons and I've really enjoyed these skis for what I've been doing, primarily groomers. There are times though when my legs get tired after skiing on them all day but I'm currently working on my conditioning for the upcoming season too. I'm not a hard charger by any means but I definitely do enjoy some speed.
The wife is 6' 0", 175 lbs and would kill me if she knew I included her weight in this post! She also began skiing 2 years ago and has progressed to an intermediate level. From what I can tell her form is very good but she is more on the cautious side. She's very comfortable on blue runs so long as they're groomed. She's been skiing on a pair of Rossi Attraxion Echo III in 163.
We have tried to ski in light powder (4-6") and crud with our current skis and it never has gone well for us; having said that we understand that what we currently own is not meant for those type of conditions. Which leads me to the type of ski we would like to demo and eventually purchase this upcoming season given our abilities and goals. Both of us want to continue to progress and become stronger skiers and are looking for a ski to help us do that. A big part of that progression for us is to venture off piste more and ski the famed Utah powder (with in reason of the ski), along with the crud that gets left behind while being able to rip on groomers as we've become accustomed too. It would be nice to experience some tree skiing too but western groomer performance is of more importance to us. In all honesty, the ratio will probably be 80-20 in favor of groomed at the beginning of the season but we aspire to eventually split the time 50-50 by seasons end if not sooner. I fully understand there may not be a ski that can deliver on all of this but I'm hoping you can guide me through the decision making process.
Please let me know if I'm leaving something out and you need more info.