Hi guys! So I am looking for a new ski to replace my 06/07 K2 Public Enemies which I feel is too short for me as I've gotten heavier (ha!) and better. I also feel that the PE's are not incredibly well-suited to the terrain and the conditions that I ski.
Height 5' 9", weight about 190lbs, intermediate-advanced Type II skier. I can do blacks, but prefer non-mogully ones. Most of my time is spent on blues, with some blacks, and also some groomer time with friends who are not as advanced. I do not do park skiing. I do venture into the trees and soft snow at times, and some bowl skiing.
I'm local to Vancouver, so I tend to ski Whistler a fair amount, and Cypress Mountain as well - West Coast variable conditions, though I tend to avoid days that are icy or not so good. I love skiing powder when I can, but I am not going to bank on being able to go when it snows all that much. I average between 5-10 days a season depending on how free I get during winter, and hopefully this year the number of times I can go skiing will go up after January.
My local shop has a few skis from last season on sale, and I like to give them my business if I can, so unless it's an absolute screaming deal I'll probably keep it local. Student budget as well.
Right now, these are the 2 skis recommended to me by the shop that they have left from last season.
Atomic Access 171cm $300
Fischer Watea 88 168 cm $400
I'm leaning towards the Wateas, and the shop recommendation seems that way as well, due to the narrower waist vs. the Access. However, a friend of mine recommends getting wider rather than narrower, and thinks the Access is the better buy. Both are early rocker tip.
Any suggestions, guys? Thanks in advance!