Originally Posted by ssh
brookhaven, welcome to EpicSki!
You may want to look around here a bit, check out the reviews (especially of the skis you have liked), and also do a search on this discussion forum to find out more about these various skis.
That said, a few more questions: are all of your ski days in the western US? Do you tend to ski mostly softer snow, or harder snow? What turn shape do you tend to prefer? How do you create your turns? Have you had any coaching in the past five years of any kind? How many years have you been skiing? What is it about your skiing that makes you an advanced skier?
With answers to those, we may better be able to point you in various directions that are more useful than the typical, "These ROCK!" commentary that isn't particularly useful...
Thanks Ssh, glad to be here...
I'm a Brit but now based in Atlanta. Skiied Park City and Steamboat Springs since moving here, the Alps before that. Been skiing for 18 years, mostly one or two weeks a year but including a full season working in a Swiss resort. Not had any training for years but I guess I'm advanced in that I can get down virtually anything fairly comfortably (did most of the stuff off Jupiter in Park City for example, and the Chutes in Steamboat).
As a said before, family commitments mean I'm mostly on the groomers, which I enjoy skiing fast with wide racing turns when conditions allow. But I want something that will cope OK when I get the chance to do the more challenging stuff. I don't ski at any one particular time each year so, again, I'm looking for skis that will take any sort of snow in their stride. For example, this year, we went to Park City in the last week of the season so it was heavy but the year before we had powder in Steamboat.
As for the bumps, I want something that is not too stiff to make them a misery, but I don't go out of my way to find them so it's not a big part of the decision. Obviously, when you're looking for an all-in-one ski you have to make compromises. If the AC-3 is a bit softer than the AC-4, maybe that's the one for me, especially given that I got on well with them in Park City this year. But the Legend 8000 gets such great write-ups and they seem to be more readily available on the web.
The final factor I haven't mentioned is budget. I'm not wanting to spend top dollar on a new 06-07 model, would prefer something from the past couple of years in the $400-$600 range, either new, demo or used but in good condition.