Here are my choices (on craigslist):
Volkl Attiva AC3 156 cm/76
Volkl Attiva 5 Star 154 cm/68
K2 Burnin Luv 146 cm
And my stats:
44 years old
intermediate to advanced
I've been skiing for the past 20 years on and off (took about 7 years off due to young kids), and I've always rented basic skis (not demo, because I'm kinda cheap). But I am looking to buy some as I expect to go quite a lot more this season and in the future as my 7 year old learned last year and loved it, and this year we are expecting to go a lot more!
I am intermediate to advanced, can ski black diamonds. Like steep but wide, but don't like to go too, too fast (got young kids, remember?). I prefer groomed trails. Rentals have always been fine because I'd really go only once or twice a year and didn't really know what to look for and didn't care too much. Since I'm going to buy, I'd like to buy something that actually helps me step it up some.
I have the paperwork from my 3 rentals last year, and they were all 146's with me as type II. Would going with the longer Attivas be OK and I will "grow" into them, or would they put me faster than I'd probably like in the long term? The reason it's a debate is that the K2's are about a 45 minute drive away vs 10 min for the Volkls. Prices are about the same (K2s are cheaper, but I think I could get the Volkl's down), and condition for all are supposed to be excellent.