New here and looking for some thoughts/advice. Sorry in advance for the long first post, but figured I’d try to get as much info out there as I can for people to consider. About me: in my late 40’s. Grew up in New England and skied all over NE growing up. Stopped skiing in my late 20s when life got in the way. Now live in Cleveland, Ohio and have 3 kids who started skiing last year at a local hill through a school ski club. They like it, so got them gear for this year and now need to get skis for myself, since we will become a skiing family (YES!). I was an expert skier in the day. Did ski a few times last year on some cheap rentals at said local hill, and was happy how natural it still felt – like riding a bike (although there was no challenge at the hill). Expect to do most skiing at local hill (very close and good for the kids’ learning) and driving trips into NY for more robust resorts, perhaps a trip once a year or every other year back to NE or out west.
Last pair of skis I owned were late 80’s model Atomic ARCs (the dark blue, slalom style for any who remember) which I loved. I used to be a fairly aggressive skier and like a responsive ski that can make quick turns, as I generally used to like to control my speed on the steep trails with short, rhythmic turns.
Skis have changed a LOT since my last pair and I’ve been doing a lot of research and for the moment am targeting 2 choices. I’m looking at the Volkl RTM 81 and the Atomic Blackeye Nomad TI. Want a ski that can make those snappy rhythmic turns, and still be comfortable in wider/longer turns at speed and be able go all over the resort and push through a little crud/light powder if need be. Looking to pick them up used, since outfitting an entire family is expensive.
Any thoughts on the 2 I’m looking at (and any votes between those 2)? Any ideas on other good candidates are welcome if you feel strongly, but I’ve always had a bit of a personal preference for Atomic and Volkl. If it helps I’m 5’10 and weigh in the low 160’s.