I just moved to Washington State after living in the south for several years. I've been skiing on demo rentals so far and I'm trying to decide what to buy. I'm a big guy at 5'10 and 240 and I consider myself an advanced skiier (although I'm rusty right now). Right now I'm hanging around on the single diamonds but in the past I've lived in expert terrain and that's where I plan to be again by the end of this season. I also plan to start playing around off piste pretty soon.
Anyone who's skied the NW knows conditions vary like crazy. Some days have great pow and other days are pure ice. On the in between days there can be a lot of crud. I'm looking for an all mountain ski that I can grow with and that can handle a variety of conditions.
It's a lot for us big guys to ask for in a single ski, I know, but does anyone have any recommendations? I'm looking for some feedback so I can ask to demo some specific models at the local shops. Based off reviews I've been looking at the Blizzard Bonafide or the Rossignol Experience 88. Unfortunately I haven't found any rental places that have demos available for them. Turns out everybody else wants those too, and I don't want to buy before I try :)