OK, I just read the 5 questions...but first, thanks for your replies!
1-I ski in the northeast, NY & VT...I'm hoping to go west soon but not sure if its worth taking skiis there, or just renting....
2- mostly ski groomed and hard packed/ice...maybe learn bumps in the future, just not yet..
3-maybe 20 days a year on slopes..Just got back into skiing a few(4-5) years ago and haven't had 10 days/yr yet, but hoping!
4- I say an honest intermediate, maybe a little more, I can ski non bumpy blacks, and "survive", but not ski, the doubles
5- 5'10" 210 lbs, and guessing an "all purpose" ski for now....I currently use 5 yr old 173 cm k2's from sports authority, cant remember model
part of my worry is I recently rented a pair of skis from local pro shop and had absolutely the worst experience, for some reason, I wanted to lean back instead of forward, front and rear edges were catching, my legs were burnt out after 2 runs, thought I'd go down for sure if I stayed using them...they were kinda moving back and forth as I was going straight downhill, not sure what the problem was, to sharp edges? bad surface on bottom of ski?...It sucked!...rented another pair at the mountain, all was good!...thanks again for any help!