I have never been on skis before and looking to take up the sport this winter (or as soon as the local mountains open) I have snowboarded for about 3-4 years in the past but have since given it up about 7 years ago. I definitely plan on renting first but will probably limit it to 2 rental sessions before I am looking to buy. I also plan on taking a lesson or 2. I have begun the process of researching skis and visited my local ski shop to ask a few questions. A rep at the local ski shop suggested 3 different skis at 3 different price points, construction and levels. The one he strongly suggested was at the top of the price scale; it was also the one that seemed to fit my needs. (I sort of trust this shop as I have a standing relationship with them because they service my mountain bikes in the summer.) I have been to websites to research other skis but have no idea what to look for as the descriptions and reviews have a degree of vagueness to them.
I am interested to hear practitioner opinions on how to select the best ski for my ability at the best price.
I’m looking for something this is good for a beginner but also something I can grow into skill wise. I have no ambition to race or become a world class skier looking to settle at an average intermediate skill level. I live in the northeast and from my experience with snowboarding this area has its own characteristics when it comes to terrain.
For reference the 3 skis he suggested were (in order)
1. Volkl RTM 77 $699
2. Dynastar Powertrack 79 $499
3. Nordica Fire Arrow 74 $599
One more thing
I found these skis for an insane price that seem to fit my needs as well
Salomon 24 X-Kart $199
They are described as a quick turn ski the Volkls are more of a carving ski. Which is more desirable?
I know this post is all over the place, any response would be greatly appreciated