I'm getting near the end of my first year of skiing and I'm starting to look at buying equipment for next season. I'm 38 years old, 5' 7" and 185 lbs. I'm an advancing beginner, about 10 days this year, making mostly parallel turns, but not really carving yet. I'm just starting to ski blues. I took a few lessons when I started, and could probably use some additional lessons now. I ski strictly groomed trails in Vermont. The last few times out, there has been a fair bit of powder/drifts/crud on the trails, along with some icy spots, so this is pretty typical conditions. I'm interested in exploring some powder as I get better, but I don't expect to spend much time there. I have no interest in moguls, and don't expect to for at least several years, if ever. I'd like a ski that I will last me several years as I grow into a solid intermediate skier, without being overly expensive. My goal with these skis would be to learn to carve and comfortably ski blue groomers. I'm looking at the Avenger Carbon 76 at 154cm for under $200 with bindings. I've tried to do as much research as possible, and my thinking is the ski is designed for a more advanced skier, but the Carbon should be softer and more forgiving, and being on the short end for my height/weight should make it manageable. It seems it should be a very solid performing ski that will let me know if my technique is poor without punishing me for it. The lease equipment I am on this season are Head Rev80s at a VERY short 142cm (it's what they suggested and I didn't know any better at the time.) Any thoughts on how the Carbons would work for me would be greatly appreciated. Suggestions on other skis I could pick up for around $200 (used or new) that would be a better alternative is also welcome.