I have had many lessons in the past. I mean, I ski Blues, Blacks and bowls with no problem... What I dont want to happen is to go out and be completely disatisfied because the skis are older. I mean, they are a demo set that look pretty rough on the tops. The bases and edges are in good shape however, so it is purely a cosmetic issue. I guess my question is the C-XP any step up at all? I mean it is not like $80 more dollars for brand new skiis is going to break the bank. So I will pose the question like this. If both skiis were sitting there and you had to choose one to go out and hit the blue, black groomers which one would be your first instinct to grab?