Im getting ready to take my first trip out west in late December to ski Copper Mtn. I have wanted to go for the last 10 years but have not found the time to get out there. I was planning only bringing my boots along and demoing some powder skis while there. My skis I am currently using are 10 years old. Elan Integra 7.0 length 176. When I bought the skis I was intermediate and now consider myself advanced. I usually ski 30-40 times per year in the Poconos(Pennsylvania) and make it up to Vermont once a year. Vermont has been some of my only powder experience except for some fresh powder we get from storms and I make it out to the slopes close by.
I am 6'-2", 290lbs. and consider myself an advanced skier(I prefer to ski diamonds and double diamonds(east coast) as well as the challenges of glades and bumbs(east coast)
I have several concerns/questions:
1.I plan to take my current boots(only 3 seasons old) and rent/demo skis in Colorado. Should I also rent boots?
2. What ski would be best for me? I am looking to buy new skis but because most of my skiing is done on the east coast I was planning on purchasing all mountain skis. I know the talk when skiing powder is to get a fatter ski designed for powder. With that said, does anyone have a recommendation for me, considering my stats?
3. Does anyone recommend a place to rent skis when I get to the mountain or just rent from the resort?
4. Any insight as to some best practices is also appreciated.
Thanks in advance for all your feedback!