I'm 5 foot 9, 168 pounds, and been skiing on the 171 Atomic Access for the past few years (a wood core ski). I live in Oregon and primarily ski on Mount Hood. I think my skiing has progressed a lot since I moved out here, but I'm not that happy with my skis here in the PNW. I get thrown around a lot on choppy/inconsistent snow conditions. Living in the PNW, the snow is often choppy and inconsistent.
Last year, I made a trip out to Colorado, and my Atomic's did great. Winter Park had gone a few days without fresh snow, and the weather was quite warm when I was there (sunny, 50 degrees). Still, the snow quality was way more consistent, and lighter. Whereas I hear my skis bouncing around a lot, and feel myself getting tosssed around a lot in Oregon, in Colorado this didn't happen.
So here's my dilemma: I think a ski like the Rossignol Experience 88's or Line Prophet 90's would be great for me, especially in the PNW. They're significantly stiffer than my Atomic's, and would allow me to charge through inconsistent snow without being tossed around. However, I'm moving to Colorado this summer (Fort Collins). Should I hold off on buying a new pair of skis until I move out to Colorado? Will my Atomic's fit the bill, even on groomers, out in Colorado? I'll only be in CO for a year likely, so it'd be nice to have a good set-up moving out there.