This is my first post so please overlook my mistakes. I have been reading the threads and discussions for a while, but I could not narrow down the skis and size just from the existing threads. Therefore, I could use some help from this excellent community.
I did follow the advice in this forum and already have my boots fitted with custom foot beds from an excellent boot fitter. I'm also following the advice in this forum and will be dedicating this season to taking lessons and improving. My would like to ski for many years (or as long as the knees would allow).
1. I ski primarily in the northeast: Poconos, and Catskills.
2. I ski primarily groomed runs. If I can avoid bumps, I will.
3. I plant to ski around 20 days this season.
4. I am an intermediate skier making progress. I've skied roughly 30 days. I still don't understand the level numbers in this forum so I'm guessing level 5 in a scale of 1 to 9. (This season will be dedicated to improving). I do not mind going fast, but do so in control and efficiently.
5. I'm 5'7" 150 lbs.
The skis I had were 152 cm Elan 70 mm underfoot.
The local shops recommended:
1. Atomic Blackeye Ti - (did not discuss length)
2. Dynastar Powertrack 84 - 169 cm
3. Blizzard X-Power 770 Ti - (did not discuss length)
From my research, I found great deals on the following:
1. Blizzard Magnum 8.0 CA in 158 or 165 cm.
2. Atomic Blackeye Ti - 167 cm.
I was tempted to buy both but decided to ask here first.
I don't need/expect one ski to do it all. I only need this ski for northeast skiing. If there is power or I head west, I'll rent. When I'm ready to move off piste, I'll add a second ski. For now, I am looking for something that will "ideally" last me a few seasons but not something that I will not be able to ski.
I'm open to options. I was even considering seasonal rentals, but did not like the local offerings much. I could pick a Blizzard Magnum 7.4 online for the seasonal price and use it for drills and practice.
That was a long thread. Thank you for reading. Any help will be much appreciated.