Looking to purchase a new ski, unsure which would be the better choice for me: Volkl RTM 81 or 84, and any comments on the Rossignol Experience 88?
After a 25 year hiatus, I'm back to skiing since last year (December 2013) to introduce the kids to the sport. Fast forward to today, the kids (pre-teens) are skiing double black diamonds and the terrain park after only 1 and a half full season of experience.
Myself, I ski about 5-8 hours each week, 5'10" (closer to 176cm) and weigh 185lbs (84kg) and athletic. My ability has progressed to an advanced level skiing black diamonds. After spending a small fortune renting skis last year, I purchased Volkl RTM 77 (171cm) in February 2014 and have been skiing exclusively on them since. I picked the RTM 77 due to the rocker since for me, felt more like ice skates having the tip and tail up (I use to play ice hockey for 30 years, skiing has replaced that sport) and the 77 is more forgiving since I am/was still perfecting my carving.
Fast forward to today, when I have open slopes and I want to ski 'full throttle' or when I have to chase after the kids, the RTM 77 chatter and I feel unstable like I am going to wipe out on the slopes. If I take it down a notch to cruising speed and simply enjoy the scenery, they are fantastic skis. There are times I want to ski 'full throttle' and there are times I want to sit back and cruise with the significant other who refers to her skiing ability as "mommy cruise", but still goes down the single black diamond slopes.
So now the main question: Do I replace the RTM 77 with RTM 81 or 84 and at what length? I've read the the 84 can be a "beast" at slower speeds to manage and I am also hesitant to get the longer skis (176cm is the next size up and is my exact height) because I do like to make short quick turns especially if the slopes are narrow.
North East - Mainly: NY, PA, and NJ.
Ski a significantly amount at night when the slopes are chopped up and iced over.
Spend about 90% of my time on 'groomed' slopes but do adventure into the trees/off trail time-to-time.
Any final thoughts on the Rossignol Experience 88 in comparison?