After beginning my life as a skier then becoming a snowboarder during my "punk" teenage years, I've decided that it is time to go back to skiing (I've always been a better skier than snowboarder). That, and all my friends ski and I'm sick of being that last one down the hill or fearful of losing an edge on ice.
Long story short, I used my buddy's 177 Volkl Mantra's for a few hours at Whiteface with no problem last year and then demoed a pair of 173 Bilizzard Bushwackers while at Bristol Mountain near Rochester, NY. I liked them both, but considering I'm about to drop a lot of loot on what I'm hoping to by my 1 ski quiver and after some reading, I'm between the above, along with the Kendo and Bonafide.
I'm 5'9" 185 pounds and will probably do most of my skiing on groomers followed by crud except for weekend trips to either Whiteface and other places in Vermont and the Northeast. I'm not advanced by any means, but I know that after half a year, I want to get a ski that I won't get bored with once my ability picks up again. I've already purchased a pair of Lange Blaster 90 boots so I'm looking for the portion that I will actually ski on and then, of course, connect to my boot. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!