Trying to help a buddy put together a demo list. I've read a few helpful threads on here for guys roughly his size, but it seems like there's a lot of debate on all-mountain vs. carving vs. racing skis. I think it'd be good to compile a couple in each of those categories so he can try them out and see what feels best.
Skier type: Racing team in HS, pretty advanced. If he had it his way would be ripping long turns down steep groomers all day. He tends to stay out of the trees because it's too tight for his size/long skis. I think bumps are hard on his knees too.
Skis: Currently on Atomic racers from the HS days, 10+ years ago. He was looking to upgrade last year but then tore his meniscus before the season started (barf).
Location: New England, but looking to get out west occasionally.
Based on this I think his main criteria is something that is stable at high speed for a big dude, that is not too hard on the knees.
I'm also interested to hear about lengths, which may be a limiting factor. At that height/weight, plus skill level, plus potentially rockered skis, not sure which length to target or what's available on the longer side.
Any thoughts you have on best skis for this kind of skier profile, be they all-mountain, carving, racing, will be helpful to try to put together a good demo list.