Hi we will be in Breckenridge in early January and am looking for a ski shop recommendation for purchasing new skis. We will be travelling from New Zealand and I need to get some certainty around demoing and purchasing before we leave because I will likely leave my skis at home if I am going to replace them. I've tried searching the forum and google, but most of the google hits are for rental shops which is not what I want.
In particular I am looking for somewhere that I can demo and probably purchase:
Nordica Enforcer and Santa Ana
Blizzard Bonafide and Samba
and possibly the Rossignol Temptation 100
I'm open to other options, but the short list is fairly considered. I'm after a all-mountain ski (around the 100mm mark) that will be a one ski quiver. I have been skiing since childhood and learnt to ski at tiny privately owned and club fields, so no grooming - meaning preferred terrain / terrain that I am comfortable in is off-piste - anything from crud to powder. But I learnt to do all of this in straight skis with race pedigrees - mainly volkl (junior tigers, renntigers, P9's P40's) with some forays into head and fisher skis at various times. Currently I'm skiing the 2012 Volkl Aura in a 170cm, but with 4 patches it is time to retire them. I'm around 5'9 and 160lb.
Skiing-wise, last feedback, from someone who is qualified judging technique, was a couple of years ago at a JH camp where I was told that I have very good technique and am a very efficient skier. I know how to engage different parts of the ski and am well balanced on the ski. I'm a powerful skier, but use technique, rather than power, to make the ski do what I want it to do. I like trees, moguls, chutes, powder, crud - i.e. most things except ice and watery mashed potato really)
The reason for the unisex and women's version of the same ski is that I am not sure if I want metal or not and I am slightly intrigued by the new version of the bonafide. I have demoed the kabookie and liked it. The temptation is in there because I know that the saffron/sin7 is not me (demoed it last year and it left me cold). Similarly, I have tried the new head great joy and big joy and while they are fine skis, they didn't make me smile.
I would prefer a shop in Breck since we we won't have a car and I don't want to lose ski time running round trying to source skis. Ideally I would like to deal with a shop with knowledgeable staff who will take me seriously even though I am not a local, and won't point me at pink noodles and ideally can offer good advice re options including length.
Am I hunting a unicorn or can someone recommend me a ski shop