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Looking to pick up my first set of skis [recent transplant to Colorado]

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For the stats... I'm 5'10 177lbs. I can comfortably ski steep blues( blue black/ east coast blacks) and I like to get in the trees and explore a little. All of my skiing is in Colorado. I plan on getting more aggressive over time, until living here I've only been able to ski once a year or so, next season will probably have a season pass for Keystone/A-basin.

I have been able to find pretty good deals on two sets of skis that look like they might work, Kastle xx90 James 175, and K2 AMP aftershock in 174. The kastles for 250 and the k2's for 494. I'm leaning towards the k2's as I'm not super interested in park skiing but the price on the kastles is unbeatable.

I appreciate all advice and opinions on this.
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Welcome to EpicSki.  It doesn't sound to me like you've skied either of these skis, so I suggest you demo some skis.  Try to find a demo shop right at the base area for Keystone, Breck or Copper Mtn.  There might also be one at A-Basin and probably is at Winter Park too.  For a flat rate, you can try several different skis during the day, which is why you don't want to deal with a shop in Frisco if you're skiing at Copper or Breck or Keystone.  My recommendation would be for a ski with an 85-90mm waist, early rise tip, turned up tail or even a semi-twintip, about 175cm, maybe 18-21m radius.  Demos are not the same as rentals so don't just go to some random ski rental shop.

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You are correct I haven't skiied either. I was planning on a demo, just looking for input on these. especially finding the kastle for 250 with bindings.
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