I am 68 years old and have been sking for more than 40 years. I taught for nearly 15 years (80's and 90's - centerline philosophy). I've owned many skis -- usually whatever was the best pro-form deal at the time. My last skis were Volkl Carver Plus 191cm, Rossi Bandit XXX 184cm and currently Volkl AC-20 170cm.
I have always found that over time I adjusted to whatever ski I am using and that keeping it tuned and in good shape means more than however it was rated by the annual buying guides. I'm at that point once again where I want to and will be buying new skis. While I do understand that probably nothing will beat actual on-snow demo, I'd really appreciate some expert opinion as to what skis, lengths and other things that I ought to consider. All the noise about "double rocker", "extra wide", "twin tip", etc., etc. is sort of confusing. Here are my stats:
1. Age 68
2. 180 lbs, 5 ft 10 inches
3. Want an all purpose/any snow ski
4. Ski about 30 to 40 days per year
5. Ability is a solid 8
6. Usually ski groomers or chopped up snow.
7. Most skiing done at Sun Valley and Bogus Basin (Idaho)
8. Boots are Soloman X-Wave 10 with orthotics
Really appreciate any wisdom that any of you can impart.