I have probably checked every single thread on these skis on this forum and really there is tons of good info. But then everyone's situation could be unique so I am asking a question hoping this is not a repeat question.
About me - 6'1, 185 lbs, 32 year old and Intermediate skier on the way to Advance. I can handle Black diamonds in CO/UT but I am not master on them and I totally suck at Moguls/Bumps. Dont think I can call myself an aggressive skier. In fact I feel the skis take me for/on a ride sometimes :)
But then I am very passionate at Skiing and I have made a huge progress coming this far in very short time, starting skiing at 30 and having skiied for like 20 days since then.
Where I ski - Midwest. At Perfect North slopes in Indiana (400 ft. Elevation) and mostly man-made snow but last winter, there was good fresh snow (nothing like powder though)
What I already have:
Head Oblivion 180 (feels stable in park, helping me learn those jumps, alright All-mountain but not so good in midwest IMO, especially in hard icy snow, its struggles to get a grip)
K2 Rictor Amp 181 (Havent tried it yet, just arrived from ebay)
What I need :
Getting a good deal on Blizzard 8.0 Ti vs CA vs 8.5 Ti ($347-365)
I also see Magnum Cross IQ with IQ LT 10 Bindings at surprisingly low price $227, but its only 170 mm long.
Going by all the threads it looks like 8.0 Ti could be a good choice for me since I can keep Rictor/Oblivion for CO/UT trips. So primarily need one here for midwest, hence narrower underfoot.
For my height/weight/skills.. is 179 cm Ti is good choice or should I go for 179 cm CA? If I want to master something ... that would be bumps/Moguls and trees. I demo'ed 180 Bramha last year at UT and they felt like they were made keeping me in the mind :) But then not sure if that would be a good choice for midwest considering I already own two other 90 mm skis.
Or should I save some money and try out Cross IQ which is 170 mm?