I grew up skiing for vacation, took a few years off in my teens, started snow boarding when I came back and now I am back to skis after almost 10 years off. This week we skied Breck and had a blast. I bought boots after the first day in rentals that I could swim in. I ended up with the Atomic Hawx 2.0 100's because of my narrow feet. I love the boots and now I am looking at skis.
I was looking at skis even before this last week and the front runners seemed to be Atomic Theory's and Salomon Rocker 2's. My primary concern is to get a ski that I can enjoy anywhere we go. I ski one week a year. We get a lot of vertical on Blue runs, but we like to take as many single diamonds as possible. I want something that can run groomers in any condition, but still be a good tool on more difficult terrain and bumps.
I rented the Salomon Enduro XT 800's (175) for one day and didn't like them. This happened to be the day that I was on rental boots so that was probably a big factor. I ended up with Volkl Mantras (170). I really liked these skis. We had great snow this week and they cut the fresh snow well, cut the chop well and drive hard on groomed trails. I got into some trees that had legit powder and I don't think that is their strong point. I also took them through some moguls and I didn't feel like they were at home here either. I need plenty of work in the bumps, but the skis weren't doing me any favors.
I'm 6'2" and 170 lbs. I like to go fast (this is relative I guess) and challenge myself. Will the Atomic Theory's give me the same great performance on the groomers but give me some more comfort in deeper snow and/or in bumps? Is there something else that I need to look at? If I like the 170 length is there a reason to go longer?
Educate me please. I don't want to drop a bunch of money on ski's that will end up being a disappointment.
Thanks in advance.