I'm a 35 year old skier, 5'8" 185lbs (down from 260). I'm probably a level 6/7 skier--like steeper groomers, pow, and lighter crud. I ski mostly Squaw/Alpine/Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. I would not describe myself as an aggressive, charging skier. My current quiver is geared more to a short, very heavy guy: '07 Volkl AC30 170cm, '10 Volkl Katana 183cm.
This setup was great for crushing groomers and slicing through crud. I was able to flex the Katana sufficiently that it worked well enough in the powder, although it was a little too beefy for me to feel comfortable in trees or other tight spots.
I have recently lost a ton of weight (safely and healthily!) and I'm getting excited for this years' ski season. I am beginning to worry, however, that I'm not going to be heavy enough to flex the double-metaled Volkls enough to make skiing fun. I don't want turning to become a chore.
In addition, I'm going to try to ski a lot more off-piste this season, focusing on trees, bumps, and tougher crud. With that in mind, I've been doing a lot of reading on this site and others.
I'm looking for probably 2 pairs of new skis. I'm pretty close to Start Haus in Truckee, so I'd love input from those guys in particular. I've narrowed my selections to the following in no particular preference order:
Hard (for West Coast) Snow:
Kastle MX 78/83/88 (Too stiff?)
Blizzard M-Power (Again, too stiff?)
Elan Amphibio 82/88
Dynastar Legend 94
Nordica Enforcer (Too stiff?)
Nordica Hell and Back
Moment Bibby Pro
ON3P Billy Goat
Atomic Bent Chetler
So, any ideas or suggestions? Any length advice? Any skis not on this list that I should take a look at? Also, I'm interested in demoing, but I know nothing at all about how to go about doing that, or how much it might cost.
Thanks in advance for the help!