I need some help in deciding what my next pair of skis should be. I got permission from the wife to get a new set for next season, so I'm going to try demo-ing a few skis this season. About me: 5'9" 175lbs (hopefully going down a bit!) I am proficient on blues and single blacks at Taos, NM. I am wanting to really improve the next few seasons and become proficient on the whole mountain. My wife and I are moving to Denver next year and will likely be skiing A-Basin. I have never gotten to ski more than 8-10 days a year living in Oklahoma, so I'm excited about getting to consistently ski more and hopefully make that leap in improvement.
My current quiver consists of a Volkl Ledge, and Fischer Progressor 700. I am wanting to get a ski that handle Colorado a little better. I have been looking at the Kastle BMX 98, Stockli SR 95, and Volkl Mantra. I really am looking for a ski that allows me to get into the next level of skier, but won't have a mind of it's own. I have enjoyed rocker in skis, and lean towards a tip rocker with some camber. I do fine in most everything except trees, but as stated before, I am really wanting to improve and not be scared to take on some of the more expert terrain. I also have a family, so a portion of the day is spent on greens with my kids. The Ledge's do a good job of being a slower ski, but it'd be nice not have to go back to the car and switch midday.
I am open to any and all suggestions, but have always liked the Kastle brand and their quality of skis.