I've only made a few posts, but I need some opinions (I know, a dangerous thing to ask!).
I started skiing last season & bought some used Head BYS rentals. They served their purpose, but they are definitely holding me back at this point. I ski locally in Michigan, and I've been to all of the Colorado EPIC pass resorts + a few others. I can now ski blues & some groomed blacks. I have been getting into some less dense tree runs, but any time I hit any powder, I pretty much fall over. I know some of that is inexperience, but I also know my ski is much too narrow in the waist. (I don't know the actual width, but it's a pretty standard rental ski).
I went to a local ski shop to chat with them. They gave me a lot of good info, and I think I have decided on the Nordica Burner.
I weigh around 175lbs and am 5'10" tall. My current ski is a 160cm (I know, too short...). The ski shop was recommending a 178 Nordica Burner, but I feel like I'd be more comfortable with the 170cm. My reasoning is that it'll be a big shock to jump from a 160cm to a 178cm, whereas a 170cm wouldn't be such a big deal. I have skied on 170's, and I could handle the difference in length without too much adjustment.
So, my questions are as follows:
1) The Nordica Burner seems to have great reviews. I am 70% on groomers, 30% shallow powder & tree runs. Is this a good ski for me?
2) What are some alternate similar skis to the Nordica Burner? Budget is an issue for me. I can't afford to spend $1000 for skis/bindings/boots right now, but I do need to upgrade.
3) What's the different in the current model year Burner and previous? I can't find anything to explain model year differences.
4) What are my chances of finding a steal when I go to Colorado in a few weeks? I am debating buying skis before I leave so I can get used to them in CO. Option #2 is take my current skis and hope to find a good deal while I'm there.
Thanks everyone for your help!
(I misspelled Nordica in the thread title--dangit!)