Hello, this is my first post on this forum and I would first like to say that I have already gotten lots of fantastic advice from many threads as well as articles. However, i have searched and searched and am having troubles finding out what skis would be best for me. So here is some background on me, I am an 18 year old college student in eastern Wahington. I am 6'2" and 170 pounds with a slim to medium frame size. I am however fairly strong for my weight. I ran competitively all throughout high school and currently bike on the cycling team. I have plenty of upper body strength too. My skiing ability is at a 9 if I understand the levels correctly. I would be an advanced/expert skier. I was able to do any double-black you could throw at me before I took a "break" because I was swamped with school work and athletics. Over the past three years, I only went up 4 time. But when I did go up, I was still doing all the double black runs. I do mostly moguls and lots of side country skiing, where it isn't groomed but still in bounds. I personally would love to get more into drops and a little more of the "untouched" areas I would guess. However, I do tend to spend some amount of time on the groomers with my friends, so powder skis do not interest me. I am not interested in park whatsoever either, so I do not feel the need for twin tips. I recently outgrew my last pair of skis (Rossingnol Scratch Sprayer). I need a new pair of skis that would allow me to grow into them a bit more skill-wise without breaking the bank (College Student Funds). I do acknowledge the fact though that I will need to spend a fair amount to get a great, high end ski. Also, I have a pair of Lange RS-130's that I bought last year and so far work fantastic! So no need to suggest boots. I like the idea of the Volkl Kendo's and so far I have seen fantastic reviews about them. What do you guys think would be an ideal ski that is a little more geared towards off-piste terrain but I can still use on groomers to get to the bottom of the mountain.
Also, sorry for writing so much. I just realize how important giving information about yourself is when finding skis. I also will be skiing hopefully twice a weekend throughout the whole season. And I do not have a chance to demo that many skis (price).