Originally Posted by FortWorthAggie
But is there a certain price point where paying more doesn't necessarily mean that much more quality/performance?
See, the issue here is that you could ask every single member of this site what the best performing ski is and get almost as many answers. While there are certainly some skis that are very popular, everybody's tastes are different.
So, there really isn't an answer to your question as there really isn't a consistent answer as to what a good performing ski feels like.
In general, skis for the beginner and intermediate market will be more flexible and lighter, which makes them playful and easy to turn, but less stable at speed. More advanced skis tend to be stiffer, but this is far from universal, and most of the time the stiffest ski in a category is not the favorite ski in the category.
If possible, the best thing to do would be to hit a demo day, ski a bunch of skis, and hopefully get a feel for what attributes you like, if not straight up find your ski.
Failing that, assuming you are a beginner/intermediate skier, I would buy a cheap pair of intermediate level skis and put some days on them developing as a skier. Your tastes in ski will almost certainly change as you get better, and if you take advantage of some demo days hopefully by the time you are ready to buy your next pair you will have a better idea of what direction to go.