After a few years hiatus from skiing due to kids, I'm wrapping up my second season back, and looking to replace my decade-old skis. I'm currently on K2 Escape 5500's (174). Not counting the 3 years off, I've been skiing for about 23 years. I would rank myself as a strong intermediate (I ski with patrollers & PSIA 2/3 instructors and I would rank them all as advance/experts, so I don't put myself in their league). Looking for something that my large 6'1 220lb self could do well on.
I ski 25+ days in New York. I don't have the luxury of picking the nice days, so I'll be out in everything...mashed potatoes in the early season, then on to crud, hardpack, ice...
I'm medium radius turn skier, but occasionally the run will be clear and I will care some long turns. Want something that is capable in the trees, too. I will ski everything at our local hill from greens to double blacks and glades. I ski them safely and confidently but I'm definitely not setting any records. I ski on a 1000' hill and with the exception of one steep (40deg) headwall and some steep glades, there is nothing crazy. For the most part, the hill is 90% groomed.
I need to find a good fit for me, and financially, I have to pick one ski. There is a demo day this weekend that I'm going to try to go to (if I can find a babysitter). I'm thinking that something in the 80-85mm range. I'm not sure what skis they're going to have, but I'm hoping they'll have some X-Power 810 Ti, Brahmas, Experience 80/84, and RTM 81.
Any recommendations for a guy in my situation?