Figured I'd start with the 5 questions ...
Where in the world are you skiing?
primarily east coast. I live in Jersey, so my usual haunts are Camelback, Hunter, and Bellayre. Usually ski a few days out west every year.
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
I wouldn't necessarily use the word prefer, but I have a much easier time on groomed and slightly icier conditions. I try to do a bit of everything though, especially when I leave my local area. Well, besides the terrain park. Fresh powdery snow is fun, but hard to ski in. I was hoping slightly wider skis would help here.
How many days a year do you ski?
every year, I try to get a dozen days at least. Most of them are spent at local mountains, but I do make at least one big trip every year, to get a few days at places I haven't skied before.
How advanced are you as a skier?
feels like it depends on conditions, really. I can ski all the black/double black trails around me competently enough, I have a bad time with moguls though, doubly so in powder. Glades are difficult as well, as they're basically soft mogully runs with the added fun of obstacles to crash into. My biggest problem right now though, is that deep snow leaves me feeling like I'm learning to ski for the first time. I keep digging in to the powder and losing my balance any time I hit bumpy terrain. And by the time I start getting used to it, I've burnt my legs out. Then its just bad lazy skiing for the rest of the day.
What's your height and weight?
5'7", 148 lbs
What I'm thinking is an all mountain ski. Buying two pairs of skis seems like overkill as far as money is concerned, and I don't want to have to rent every time it snows. I definitely want to be good in the grainy icy kind of snow I usually end up seeing. I want to learn to handle bumps better. What I feel I need though, is an easier time in powdery conditions, for whenever it snows, or whenever I travel.
I know the Bonafides seem to be the go-to all mountain ski this year, but they're also a little hard to get/expensive. I figured I'd ask for some suggestions first. I'm also a little unsure about size. I usually ski around 168-174 cm, but I know that could change depending on the ski.
Anyway, any wisdom you guys may have for me is really appreciated.