First post here. Thanks in advance for the help, and for all the useful info that's been collected here over the years. Very helpful.
I'm 5'7", 145lbs and looking to get back into skiing after a > 10 year hiatus. I'll be on the east coast and also doing some days while traveling for business (Let's say 10 days east coast, 5 days west, and 2-3 in New Zealand)
As I said, It's been > 10 years since I've skied regularly, but prior to that break I was a strong, aggressive skier, and have been skiing since I was about 4. I'm told I seemed like I got right back into it on the recent trip. That said I know my endurance definitely wasn't there.
While I enjoy groomed runs, I would prefer to be off chasing steeper and more untouched snow. In the east, I guess that means off to the side or after a dump (haven't skied much on the east coast yet, truth be told). I'll climb a bit if it gets me a few turns. I tend to favor shorter turns and ski fast.
I recently did 4 days on a trip home to New Zealand on my Dad's Blizzard Magnum 7.6's. I really enjoyed the ski, on both groomed runs and 4-5 inches of moderately heavy/choppy snow (which was heavy, crusted crud in the morning). I sometimes struggled to stop the tips digging in on heavier patches when it was quite steep. I really did not like his Armada TST's due to the width.
Reading a lot of reviews here and elsewhere, the Motive 80 C-Line and Sultan 85 both interest me. That said, I'm open to other suggestions as well. My budget is pretty tight, so I'm limited to one set at the moment, probably ex-demos from powder7 or similar.
Some guidance on what might work length-wise for these two (or any others you suggest) would also be appreciated. Last time I bought a pair of skis they were 190cm straights.