Hey all - brand new to Epic Ski and looking for thoughts on a purchase I'm considering. Rather than rent again for the umpteenth season, finally thinking about buying some skis. As background, have been skiing for 32 years: 6 in Europe where I learned as a teenager and had 3 years of patroller/racing experience in my early 20s, 6 years in Utah and 16 in Northern California. Last skis I owned were Kästle RX National Team SLs & Völkl P9 RS Supers in a 205 length. Now live in the Southeast so sadly only get out to the West 2-3x/year.
Have been renting/demoing different skis every year (recently upgraded my boots to Lange RX130s last season) but lately even the performance rentals i've had just don't seem stiff/stable enough for my taste, which tends toward steep groomed slopes and max speed on a GS-type ski. Found some brand new '09 Völkl GSRs online for $149; obviously a very attractive discount! They don't come with bindings but also found the '13 Marker Comp 16.0 EPS for only $199. Totals up to about $100 less than what I would pay to rent for just 1 week.
Am I nuts to consider a race ski at my age (46) or is that too good a bargain to pass up? Although I don't ski as often as I'd like, would still consider myself a strong advanced/expert; 6'/180lbs and in good fitness. Also, I'm currently deployed (USAF pilot) so I won't have a chance to look at anything in person until I get home and we head out for a week in Utah after Xmas. Really appreciate any advice you might be able to provide - thanks much in advance!