I'm an advanced female skier looking for a new pair of skis. 5'5", 130 pounds. Currently looking at the Nordica Hell's Belles, Blizzard Black Pearl, Volkl Kenja, Atomic Elysian, but would appreciate any additions/subtractions and advice on sorting through the selections.
I grew up skiing on the East Coast and only recently relocated to California. My favorite trails are the fast, steep groomers. I'm not great at moguls and don't have much experience in powder (the East Coast thing + lack of good powder recently). I'd like a ski that I can still enjoy on-piste (my husband is less experienced) but that can help me get more skilled in more challenging terrain. (FWIW, I'm comfortable venturing almost anywhere on the mountain, I just don't always get down with the best form.)
I'm currently on a really old pair (Salomon X Screams that are about 15 years old, 169cm). I know it's going to be an adjustment.