Now that I am left without any skis (ski rotation in progress) it is time to hunt for a new "one ski" that does it all.
I am advanc(ing)ed skier, 48yrs. 183cm/6ft., 190ish lbs.
Stay mostly on groomers/piste, not afraid of chopped up, crud, like playing in the low angle trees. No moguls, icy bumps. Softer bumps are OK, but not for long. Ski faster than average but not very technically clean - smearing turns here and there, not necessarily bad, but got the carving bug.
Ski local hills in the Midwest with kids and take 10+ days trips to anywhere, from east to west, north to south. Total under 20 days but that number is steady climbing. Ski since early age, long break in the 1990's/2000's. back to ski in 2005
Previous skis included Dynamic VR17, Volkl AC30, Fischer ColdHeat, Elan Spire, Elan SX and few more that I could not remember. Also skied few days on Elan Apex and that is one of the best skis I've ever skied. Still not sure why I decided to go with Spire (I liked it a lot but not as much as Apex - drank too much "98mm Kool Aid").
This time I am inclined on staying with one ski in the 80's range. Specifically, these are the skis I have on my short list:
Elan Amphibio 88
HEAD REV 85
Dynastar Powertrack 84/89
Fischer Motive 86
Also just started reading reviews of Nordica NRGy 90, Volk RTM84 and few others (thanks EpicSki for being a great resource). Blossom ? I've seen these in Italy and they seem to be very nice skis, but it is very hard to identify price point and distributor in the US (few guys on EpicSki are importers or somehow associated with them if I am not mistaken).
These are all different skis with different characteristics and I do understand the importance of demoing. Not an option in Chicago. It makes no sense to me demoing skis on 350ft. hills. Pull the trigger and worry about it later kind of guy.
Open to offers (if anyone has anything from above mentioned skis for sale) or suggestions. Preferably new/old 2014/2015 model or very lightly used. System bindings or mounted to 325mm BSL. I do not want to remount bindings, have to pay for it plus ski loses resale value with multiple mounts.
I am looking to spend about $10 per ski day, would keep the ski about 2-3 years (30-60 days or so) and to be able to resell them for something other than a bag of popcorn. Thus new vs. used would work better for me.
Thank you all, let me know if anything is for sale out there.