I've been a lurker of your fine forums for a while but finally got around to registering recently! I'm originally from the southeast (Nashville) but moved to Colorado a bit over a year ago to get closer to the mountains. Before moving here I exclusively skied with the family only once or twice a year; I would get 3 maybe 4 days in a year and the years we went were sporadic. For reference: I'm 25 now and I started when I was 14 or so. I've always been good at inline skating and ice skating though, so skiing came fairly easily to me when I started.
Fast forward to last year when I got an epic local pass (weee!) and around 15-20 days on the slopes. After finally reacquainting myself with the sport, I've become comfortable on the groomed blues at Keystone and Breck (I will still occasionally find myself on some intimidating sections of blues at A-basin.) I would like to start hitting some more challenging terrain and getting off-piste a bit but I would really like to get a couple lessons in with someone who knows what they are doing just to make sure my basics are solid.
All that being said, tomorrow at Keystone they are having a demo day and I would really like some suggestions of what skis I should be looking at. The bug has bitten me hard and I would really like to have skis of my own. I already have a pair of Dalbello boots and I spent a good chunk of cash on rentals last year. I'd really like a good, men's all-mountain ski that will be solid on groomers but also be able to hit some powder when I want to. I do live in Colorado, after all! I guess I should also mention that I'm 6'1" and about 180-200 pounds depending on how work is going .
Any suggestions would be appreciated, and I hope to see some of you on the slopes this season!