I know intermediate skis are not the most glamorous of topics, but I'm looking for an all-mountain ski to replace my Rossignol Experience 84's. Maybe you guys can help.
6'1" 180lbs these days. Ski the Rockies. Been skiing regularly for a few years now and very frustrated with my progress. I get plenty of days but I'm stuck in perpetual intermediacy. When I first started I knew nothing about gear and bought a lot of wrong skis, too big, too wide, too stiff, not knowing better.
I've taken quite a few lessons (most of my ski budget goes towards them) and outside of technique, most of my instructors advised me to get off of these 180cm+ stiff fully rockered skis (a volkl at the time) and onto a more traditional, shorter ski. Something with mostly camber, a little tip rocker and medium flex would help me learn to bend the ski and do drills better. The more I learned about gear the more it made sense and the 84's helped a lot. I learned to carve on them which was a huge step forward (although I'm still not great at it).
Beginner skis I crush, and most demo skis I've tried are too stiff and expert-oriented. But I've found through demo days I like a more even progressive flex than the E84's which are much more on-off, and binary. Also looking for something with less than the 30% rocker that the rossis have.
Any recommendations for a true intermediate level ski that is smooth, easy going, confidence building, can carve, smear, does moguls and just is all around a well rounded ski? Not looking for that nth degree of performance here or anything. I know my issues stem mostly from me, but I just want to become a better skier and not worry about what's under my feet.