I'm looking for a recommendation for a pair of skis to replace my ancient Volants. At 5'11, and 275lb, I'm a pretty big guy, so support is critical. I ski in the Pacific NW (cascade concrete, with occasional powder), with occasional trips to Whistler, and at this point ski mostly blue, and some single black runs.
I've tried the Volkl AC20s 177, on a recommendation from the ski shop, and noticed a massive improvement over the Volants (much tighter turns), better control, etc, and far more confidence on the black runs, however, like the Volants, they still vibrate when I pickup speed on the long groomed runs, and the back end tends to skid out on icy moguls.
Supposedly longer skis are better for big guys, but at the same time, I don't want to give up turning ability. Fat skis are also good for support, but since I don't get to ski often in deep powder, not sure this would be right either.
I'm planning to demo a few more skis, however, since demo's aren't free, I'd like to narrow the field as much as possible. Any good recommendations, especially from larger skiers would be greatly appreciated!