Me: 5' 9" and weigh 180 pounds. This year I'm going for my L2 PSIA skiing certification - my skiing has progressed a lot over the past couple of seasons, but I'm still working on carving through the beginning of the turn. In general I ski on the slower side, definitely more focused on getting my technique right than flying down the hill - I definitely am more on the finesse side than the power side. I'm currently skiing on Fischer Progressor 8+ 165 cm (first year they came out) and Blizzard Magnum 8.0 CA 172 cm. I like both of these skis, and I favor skiing short- to mid-radius turns.
My family is going to be going up to VT/NH this winter for spring break, and I hope to get 5-6 days of skiing in, stopping at two different mountains. Since I expect this to become an annual trip, and since I don't want to deal with renting skis each place we go, I'm thinking about picking up an 85-90mm pair of skis for these trips.
My goals for this ski:
1) Decent ski for any conditions that we would encounter. I will probably bring my Magnums with me in case there isn't fresh snow
2) Something that will encourage me to go faster and making longer turns (the Progressor's in particular do feel like they have a speed limit - maybe too short??)
3) Looking for something that will give feedback when I do something wrong but not necessarily punish me for it
4) Definitely want something that is capable of skiing the whole mountain; we have young kids so I'll be on the groomers a log, but still want to be able to enjoy the off-piste
5) I already have a new pair of Marker demo bindings with the 90mm brake - definitely want to use these bindings on the new skis
I'm seeing good deals on prior years models of the Head Rev 90 (170 or 177?), Blizzard Magnum 8.5 Ti (164 or 171?) and Blizzard Bushwacker (180 cm). Any thoughts on these? I might be able to justify going for the Brahma price-wise if it offered something significantly better. Also open to other suggestions.
I'm going to be doing a lot of work prepping for the L2 exam this season so I'm confident my skills will continue to improve. Since I hold on to my skis for 5+ years I don't want to buy something that I will outgrow if I can help it.
Thanks for any thoughts.