Next year I will ski in Colorado for 2 weeks, in Europe for 1 week and in Chile for another week, and I figured that it probably makes sense to buy a pair of skis now… (I have boots already – Lange XT 120, properly fitted)
I am an advanced-intermediate skier (I got back to ski 2 years ago, after a 12 year-break), 6’1, 190lbs: quite comfortable in groomed blacks, can ski non-groomed blacks and still struggle in double blacks. I think that I spend half my time on groomers and half on moguls, trees, and crud (and I expect to spend a little less on groomers as my technique to tackle moguls, trees and steeps improves). I expect to ski 2-3 weeks per year: one in South America and 1 or 2 in Europe/US (Rockies). I am looking for a ski that will cover most of my needs (groomers, moguls, trees, crud) and also cope with some fresh snow (I have not seen more than 5-6 inches in one day in quite a while).
I am planning to demo some skis in Snowmass next January and I would like your help to narrow the list of skis I should try. I do not know much about skis (my knowledge is based on what I read in this forum and a few other websites in the last couple of months), but I think that I need something between low 80’s and high 90’s underfoot (still too large of an universe). Not sure if I should focus on a front-side carver or on an all-mountain type of ski (nor how different they will feel)…
Anyway, I think that the skis (between 81 and 99) I might be able to demo are:
Blizzard Bushwacker, Bonafide and Brahma, K2 Rictor 82 and Rictor 90, Kastle LX82, LX92 and MX88, Nordica FA84, Steadfast and H&B, Rossignol E83, E88 and E98, Volkl RTM 84, Kendo and Mantra
Can you help me select which ones I should really try to demo (and in which size) and which ones will not really suit my needs?