First time posting here, so please excuse me if I make any mistakes or leave out any important information. I am looking to upgrade my skis which I purchased 12 years ago, and as I haven't purchased skis in so long, I am struggling to make a decision (there are many more options now than when I bought my last pair).
First let me offer some information about myself: I would consider myself to be a very advanced skiier. I can ski pretty much anything on the east coast, and on the west coast i'd say that I'm good on 90% of runs, though I try to stay away from runs with lots of rocks and vertical drops. I live in New York, so I mostly ski east coast mountains (Hunter, Windham, Killington are my go-to mountains). I'll usually go skiing 1-2 weekends a month. However, I like to do at least 1 out-west trip per year for about a week. When skiing on the east coast, I mostly prefer to soft snow, though sometimes ice is unavoidable, so I need to be able to handle ice well. I also prefer mogul runs to groomed runs in general. If the conditions allow it, I will be on moguls all day. Out west, I avoid the groomed stuff all together and focus mainly on powder runs and bowls, and I'll maybe do 1 or 2 mogul days. I am 5'8" and weigh 180lbs (though I am built, not round).
Right now my leading favorite is the Rossignol Experience 98. It seems to offer everything I want. However my only concern is I've heard people say that it's a very difficult ski to control. The reason this worries me is because one of my knees is weaker than the other, and I have to wear a brace when I ski which restricts the movement in that knee. I am wondering if anyone here has any other recommendations given the information I have provided, or if the E98 is the right choice for me. I am looking to spend no more than $550 at the moment.
If there is any other information that I could provide that will be helpful, I am happy to provide it.
Thank you in advance,