I am 5 foot 9, 176 pounds, a solid intermediate skier(I can ski double blacks, but I tend to be pretty slow on them--I much prefer skiing blue runs and carving turns).
I have lived in Portland, OR for a number of years, and have a pair of Atomic Access 171 cm, 100mm underfoot. The ski has a wood core, and tends to bounce/flap around on hard pack/inconsistent snow conditions. I think I really need/want a ski that does better on hard pack/groomed stuff, as the thing that I loveI should mention I was able to ski 14 days last year, only four this year so far.
In July, I'm moving to Colorado and plan on skiing a bunch while out there. I skied at Winter Park two days last year with my Access. The days I was there were sunny and warm, and maybe 3 or 4 days since the last significant snow--but the Access did really well--and the snow I encountered was way more consistent/dry than I'm used to out here in the PNW.
I demo'd the Rossignol Experience 88's in the 178 length yesterday and last year--and really enjoyed them--such a different experience than skiing the Access. I found demo's of the Experience for $350, which seems to be a rad deal. Here are some questions:
1) Would the E 88's serve me well in Colorado? I figure the Access would be my powder day ski, and The E 88's would be good for other days. I would buy the E 88''s no question if I stayed in the PNW, not so sure given the move to CO.
2) I tried the Volkl RTM 84 mm underfoot at 176 cm length yesterday--and they skied great too. I actually skied 4 or 5 miles/hr faster (41MPH) in the Volkl's than the Rossignol's...but I was having a hard time deciding if I liked the Volkl's better. Any reason why the Volkl's would be a faster ski?
3) I haven't seen the demo E88's first-hand, but hope to next weekend. I'm thinking about putting money down on them to reserve them, as they're likely to go quick at that price. Any reason I shouldn't buy demo skis?