I was doing research on different skis and stumbled on this site. It's loaded with information and I'd like to thank everyone for sharing their different views on skiing. It's definitely a useful resource.
I've been skiing for around 6 years now and am an intermediate skier. I can go down blues with ease but am still working on the blacks. I primarily stay on the runs, groomed or not, and like speed, but also need to carve on the terrain. I don't go into the rocks or do moguls. I've been getting by with hand me down skis which have worked great, but with this season wrapping up soon, I'm looking to take advantage of the deals and buy a new pair for myself.
I've read all sorts of reviews online but am having a tough time differentiating between the different skis for my style. I'm also a bigger guy (5'10 245) but athletic (former college football player) and unfortunately, since I'm in grad school, money is a factor as well.
The big problem I'm having is sorting through all the reviews and postings for what fits me. It seems like most of the reviews are by guys who are very advanced and around 180 pounds, so I can't tell if the pros/cons that they list would really impact someone like me. How would that same ski carve with an extra 60 pounds on it?
I've looked through several different pairs and the one I'm leaning towards is the Volkl RTM 80. In your guys' experience, is that a ski that would be too much for me? I've read some reviews saying it's best on the East coast due to their powder (I'm in CA and have no idea what that means). I've seen some deals for around $650 for them and that's pushing my budget, but if it's a good pair that'll last me a while I'll find a way to make it work.
What do you guys think about those and do you have any other kinds you'd suggest?