I've been primarily an East Coast skier my whole life, but this season I'm heading out to Colorado to be a ski instructor at Winter Park. Right now I have some 2008 Salomon X-Wing Tornadoes length 162, which are pretty beat up, but still usable. But I'd like to upgrade to something a bit wider for out there. I love my Salomons, but at 5'11" and 240 lbs, I'm not going to float much on them if I find some deep snow. But, I think most of the time I'll be in the trees, or on the bumps at Mary Jane. And occasionally some groomed runs. But I can only afford one pair, so I want it to do it all. I think I can call myself an expert, I ski the whole mountain, but maybe not as fast as some. I've never really skied any wider skies, so I probably don't want to go crazy on my first pair. From what I've heard they're really versatile now, but do you know how much "getting used to" there is when switching?
Also, I'm not sure whether I should try to buy some now to take advantage of deals on what's left of last year's gear, or whether I should wait till I get out there, and contact the reps to get the "pro deal." Does anyone know how much of a discount this will likely get me? The advantage of waiting is that I may be able to demo some skis.
I've been to a couple local ski shops, and I've found a few promising things. I think my best options are either Blizzard Bushwacker for $450, or Line Influence 105 for $380. I was reluctant to go over 100 mm wide, but the guy said they still can do well in the groomers and bumps. He also recommended I get the 186 size, but I thought the 179s might be better for me, for shorter turns, since I am used to shorter skis. They also had Line Blend for $367.50, but I am not that interested in the park, so I thought the Influence would be better. There were some other options like the Volkl Bridge, Line Prophet 90, K2 AMP Aftershock, or Nordica Burner, but I believe the prices weren't as good.
So, any thoughts on these skis I mentioned, what other models would be good for me, or when is the best time / best way to buy would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!