First post so please bear with me.
The last time I was in the market to buy skis (2009/2010), I had decided after demoing everything under the sun on the Volkl AC30's in 170 but never pulled the trigger. They really worked well for me and my style. Unfortunately, a new job in has limited my skiing for the last 3 years and now that I'm back in the market it seems to be impossible to find some discontinued new AC30's. The stuff I've read on this fine forum and others has me wary of the Volkl RTM's with comments that include words like "Smearing" and sentiments like "the best K2's that Volkl has ever made". Additionally, I'm not looking to break the bank on the V-Werks which appear to perform in a more traditional "Volkl" manner. I'm also not overly concerned about deep powder ability because if it dumps while I'm up there i'll rent some powder skis. As of now I'm stumped as to which direction to go. Maybe the Volkl Kendo or Blizzard Magnum 8.0 or 8.5 TI? Any help or suggestions with something similar to the old AC30's (whether on paper or in practice) that are available today would be greatly appreciated.
5'9'' 180# Type 3, 29 yrs old. Mostly ski in Vail and Taos. No East Coast or MW. I tend to stick to the "Frontside" and trees and could not care less about moguls. The only caveat is when I'm with my friends that live on the mountain in CO that ski 50+ days, I invariably end up on some sort of "locals only" backside adventure that usually involves hiking a bowl or taking some liberties with the OB markers.
Thanks in advance!