Hi, I am probably a level 7 skier, 50 years old (but act like a 21 year old at times) 5'10" and 200lbs (well 205!) can ski blacks with control, can charge down blues at speed with control, but bumps and trees I am tested as I have a week left knee and plate/screws in the ankle from playing rugby. I had to use my 8 year old Rossi B2's at 166 last week as the rental line was massive. I was bucked all over the place, they felt unstable at speed probably too short for me particularly in the soft new snow on bumpy ungroomed blacks.
I want to avoid lines and get used to a ski and am looking as getting as close to a one quiver for the East Coast and a trip to the West. I would like to get into as much terrain as possible, off piste a bit, some trees and yes try the moguls. So looking at an all mountain ski, a bit wider etc. I still would like something that holds a reasonable edge on the hard park as well. I like to ski fast at times with smooth long turns but also like to play around in the garbage. From web research there seems to be a few options: Blizzard Bushwacker, Blizzard Brahma (88mm), Nordica Steadfast or maybe the Volkl Kendo. The Blizzard Bonafide (98) may be something to aim for later. From what I have read the Bushwacker may be a good way to start off with (173 or 180?). I am going up to Maine in a couple of weeks but they only have the Brahma and Bonafide to demo from Blizzard.