I am coming back to skiing after ~12 years of snowboarding (26 now, stated skiing very young before boarding).
I'm an aggressive advanced-intermediate and the few times I've rented over the last two seasons (as I've slowly decided to come back to skiing - I now want to ski 100%) I've felt comfortable all over the mountain (blacks, etc.).
I mostly ski in Ontario (Blue, St. Louie), Quebec (Tremblant, Mt. St-Anne), and the NE US (Whiteface, Jay Peak, etc.).
I'm 5'11" and ~175 lbs.
I have two questions relating to skis and boots:
1) I can get a good deal on 2012 Rossignol Avenger Ti's, but can't decide between 82 mm or 76 mm underfoot. I've been told to go for the 76's for Ontario/Quebec on-piste hardpack (which is where I will do the majority of my skiing, though I'd love deeper stuff if I ever see it), but the 82's seem more versatile and come with better bindings (Axial vs Axium on the 76's). Will the 76's perform better on the east coast? Any negatievs to the 82s? Really don't know which way to go here and won't be able to demo.
2) I've been through a thorough boot fitting and love the Lange 97mm last, just can't decide on the RS or RX and I'm not 100% sure about flex. I'm leaning towards the RS 130 given I'll be primarily on groomers, but I'm not fussed if there are advantage to the RX (other than sole grip, which I'm indifferent about). Otherwise, will 130 be too much for me? They seemed firm but not over-stiff in the shop, and I'm thinkng I should err on the stiff side. Is this the right way to go?
Any advice would be appreciated - thanks in advance for all your help, I can't wait to get on the snow this year.