I've been reading/lurking a lot on the forum and have learned a ton. I'd like to get some advice, particularly from bigger guys, as I consider my options for new skis.
About me: East coast/VT skiing only (I rent if I travel); I'm 42yo, 6'6", 260#, fairly strong (cyclist), and like to ski fast; mostly long, linked GS turns but appreciate the ability to do quicker turns. I'd say I'm an advanced/expert skier; I can ski anything with confidence, but tend to spend less time in the bumps/trees and more time finding steeps and carving turns. Boots are Lange FR120 Comps. My daughter races, so I spend a lot of time chasing her and her friends around.
My go-to skis have been skiing Fischer AMC76s in 182cm that I absolutely love, but the top sheets have delaminated and they have way too many days on them, hence the need to update.
I borrowed a friend's Volkl AC30s last year in 184cm and hated them; the first couple of runs they felt really fast, but I found that after a few runs I couldn't push them hard enough to get them to feel responsive. I'm thinking they were either too long or too stiff; they just felt out of control when I got the least bit fatigued.
The options I've been considering so far are the Blizzard 7.6/8.1, Fischer Progressor 1000s, and Blizzard G-force Supersonics. Between the 7.6 and the 8.1, the 7.6 is appealing because the geometry seems nearly identical to the AMC76s that I love. The 8.1 is stiffer, correct? I wonder if what I liked about the AMC76s was their relative flexibility?
I guess the bottom line is that I'm trying to balance my size (large) and skill (pretty solid but always room to improve) with my apparent dislike of a wider, stiffer ski (the AC30s).
Given that the Internet is a crummy tool for diagnosing this kind of stuff, can anybody share their views, particularly on the skis I've mentioned, and point out any other obvious options I should consider? Open to current as well as recent equipment.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
Edited title: Cirquerider