I am thinking about buying some new skis for this season, and I would like some recommendations. About me: 5' 11", 195 lb, 46 y.o. moderately aggressive level 7-8 (like fast GS-style turns), former high school & college XC ski racer, been downhill skiing about 4 years, second year ski patroller at a small Minnesota ski area. Current quiver: Elan 666 (176cm), old Rossi 9S SL skis. Typically use the race skis on firm days at home so I can make more turns in the limited vertical I have available.
I want skis that would be good for a trip or two a year out West, and the rare softer days in MN. I have read good things about each of the skis in the thread title. I guess the Heads might be better for the short hills at home due to the smaller radius, and the Brahmas might be better for steep stuff out West, and the Kendos be the most hard-snow biased. It will be hard to demo before I buy. Looking for overall recommendations, as well as best length for each for me.