So after lurking here for a while and getting some feedback I think I have a some choices outlined. Still not sure which way to go. Here are my stats:
Ski location - primarily Eastern (northern Vermont/Gore Mountain NY)
Height 5' 10" Weight 210. Age 47 (2 knee surgeries to repair the ACL in left knee)
Ability - Advanced (I ski most expert terrain out here but I wouldn't call myself an expert)
I ski groomers and in the woods as often as I can. Not a big fan of the bumps/jumps since the knee surgeries and don't need a high speed ski.
I was skiing on 170 Rossi S86's with the infamous KneeBinding. The combo was working well until the ski's were damaged. So now Im in the market for a new daily driver and soft snow/ powder ski. I think the following ski characteristics are what I want: easy going/easy to turn, moderate flex, forgiving, damp.
Below is a compilation of some of the suggestions I have garnered to date.
Blizzard Brahma - the stiffest of the bunch?
Nordica Steadfast -
Rossi Experience 88 - got a lot of mixed feedback on these.
2012/2013 Head Rev 90 - saw for $349 in a 170 or 177
Head Rev Pro 85 - everybody seems to like these. Saw these for $479 in a 177
Line Prophet 90 TT - saw these in a 172 on sale for $359
Blizzard Bushwacker - saw a crazy good deal on these in a 166. To small but I bet they would be fun in the woods
Kastle - should I consider anything ? seem like they are big $$$ even on sale
I'm leaning toward the Head's
Soft Snow (not sure how wide to go here, my understanding is that the wider the ski the more pressure on the knee. Then again these will not be a daily ski)
2012/2013 Rossi S7 - saw these on sale for $369 in a 178/188.
Rossi Soul 7 - saw some positive feedback on these - go 180/188?
Nordica Patron - saw good feed back on these, what size?
Fischer Watea- 101- Size 182/192 for $269
Any advice from you folks would be much appreciated!