I am a northeast skier that skis mostly PA and Vermont. I recently got fitted for a pair of boots and I am looking to pick up my first set of skis (I had a crappy experience with season rentals last year). Up until last season, I would ski a couple of weekends a season, never enough to really get any better. Last season though I got out around 20 times (probably a bit more, mostly in PA but with 7 days in Vermont), and I was able to ski enough that I was able to progress and get to the point where I can ski almost anything in PA and blues and some blacks in Vermont. Because I ski in PA a lot, I am on groomers or ungroomed trails with very little loose snow often, but when I get the chance, I enjoy going off the groomers and started getting in the trees a bit by the end of last season. I took a couple of lessons last year and I am able to carve sometimes but by the end of last year, I was still mostly skidding.
So, what I am looking for is a ski that is suited for PA skiing, that can handle some time off of the groomers. My skis last season were 166cm Volkl rtm 73s, these were on the short side for me as I am 6'1, 200lbs, but I asked for something shorter last year to learn with. I went to my local shop and told them I was looking for a ski that I can grow into without it being too far advanced for me, and they suggested the Motive 80s in 175 along with a set of Atomics that were a little narrower under foot (76mm I believe). Would these skis work for me? Thanks for any advice you can give!