Hello! I'm an ex-snowboarder, I skied from about 7 to 13, then snowboarded almost exclusively up until last year, when I got back into skiing. I'm not really planning to go back with modern skis being so much fun. I would like to buy a single pair of skis for Alps (mainly Austria and Italy). Roughly 75% piste, 20% off-piste, 5% park. I'll rent skis for specific conditions such as powder or park. I need help choosing skis to buy.
My abilities: intermediate/advanced (level 6-7 on the Epicski scale), I can ski down essentially any terrain, but I have limited skiing experience in powder (decent snowboarding experience though).
Days on a mountain: 8-14 days per year
What I enjoy: mid to large carving turns at speed, fresh powder off-piste, trees, snowpark jumps (no rails).
My sizing: 178cm tall, 78kg, I'm thinking skis in 170-176cm in length. (?)
My boots: Salomon X-pro 120 - obviously fitted at a professional bootfitter ;).
I've demoed a number of skis over the last 1.5 years:
Head Supershape Magnum 170 - a blast on early morning groomed terrain, carving felt like being on rails, quite "serious" ski though, afternoon moguls were difficult as it the ski would smash through bumps rather than float over. I'd like something lighter and livelier for the occasional jumps.
Head Supershape iRally 163 - my GF's skis, quite similar to the magnum really.
Lusti Vertigo 178 - 100mm waist, the ski didn't really work on-piste for me, I think there was too much rocker, but good fun in fresh snow. http://www.lusti.cz/eshop-vertigo-detail-64-en
Salomon X-drive 8.0, K2 Ikonic 80Ti - liked these a lot, though I could do with a better with off-piste performance.
Head Caddy 176 - surprisingly good for carving despite the relatively large radius, I had a lot of fun with the occasional 180 from the side of the piste.
Here's what I've looked at:
Atomic Vantage 90 CTI or 85CTI?
Atomic Nomad Blackeye/Crimson
Line Supernatural 92
Head Monster 88 or
Head Strong Instinct (83)
Salomon X-drive 8.3
I'd like to obviously demo more skis, but it's quite difficult to rent/demo ski models outside of the traditional slalom/GS/race/all mountain models.
Any ideas are much appreciated!