You guys and girls probably get a lot of these threads, so apologies in advance!
I am a pretty new skier, I started this winter. I've gotten some of the basics down but still have a way to go before I am considered a solid intermediate.
I've been skiing on a pair of Volkl AC Unlimited 7.4's that are 142cm. I am 5' 4", 160 lbs. At higher speeds they do feel a little unstable, which everything I have read and nearly everyone I have talked to have suggested will be the case. I have a good grasp of why that happens, not a big deal.
I'm wondering what a good ski would be to progress to when I get a longer ski. I think I'd like a solid intermediate ski, one that is not too demanding, but that I can hone my skills on and get more confident at speed and maneuvering. A local shop has suggested the Salomon X-Drive 80 Ti (156 cm) as a ski I could "grow into" and it looks like a great ski, but it seems to me it may be beyond my current ability, and that I wouldn't necessarily grow into it. The Atomic Nomad Smoke Ti was also mentioned, in 157 cm, and the Elan Morpheo 8 QT 160 cm. I am open to other brands, ideas. I see a lot of the technology being mentioned in all the adverts and press releases about the various skis. I don't need all the bells and whistles, just a solid platform that I won't outgrow in a year (unless I do nothing but ski all next winter).
I do have my own boots, in case that factors into anyones response.