Me: 29yrs, 175lbs, 5'11", I like to go fast, love the trees and bumps, aggressive skiier. I work out 5+ days/week and can go non stop, but recently started experiencing pain in my left knee. Dr. diagnosed as mild MCL injury (from hockey which I have recently given up) best cured by PT, special exercises and rest. So that's what I've been doing to prepare for the ski season.
I've only skied out west only 5 days. My skis are 2011 Rossi Avenger carbon 177cm, 128/82/112 which I just bought last year before my first trip to CO. Although the snow was light last year in general, we got lucky with 10-12" the day we arrived so I got my first taste of fresh powder. The new Rossi's handled the powder, crud and bumps decently. I had a bit of a problem keeping the tips up when it got a little deeper, unless I sat in the "back seat." For the most part I found them OK for the majority of our runs, which were hard and fast. I know I'm by all means not a great or experienced skier and have a lot ahead of me which will improve my abilities, but I would like to purchase a ski geared more towards powder and the back side...something that will go through more powder. But at the same time I don't want something so big and heavy that is going to put even more added strain on my knee. So I guess I am looking for something a little lighter, easy to turn and doesn't require 60mph at all times to be decent.
The two I have been looking at are:
Blizzard Gunsmoke (186cm or 179cm, 140-114-130 mm) - lightweight, flexible, more finesse than charging, easier on the knee I would guess
Blizzard Titan Argos (187cm or 180cm, 135-105-121) - heavier, faster, plow through everything
They both seem decent, for a decent price.
Rossi S7's sound like a decent fit, but are more expensive.
TIA for your input!