Stats: 38yrs; 6'; 180lbs. Level: aggressive, former (see below) 8+ or 9. Terrain: Utah; 70/30 on/off.
After a 3+ year career and family induced hiatus from skiing, I'm finally getting back to the slopes this year. Problem is I'm at a loss as to what to do for skis. My only pair of skis right now are 01/02 Atomic 10.Ex 184's (maybe 40 days on them, and in great shape). I used to spend most of my time off piste, but for a variety of reasons I'll be spending most of my time on-piste this year. So here are my questions:
1. Do I junk the 10.Ex's and get on something current? I assume the answer is yes because of the advances in ski tech over the years, but I'd appreciate some thoughts. If the answer is yes, what improvements should I expect to see in a new pair of skis over these? FWIW, I absolutely loved these skis in everything but icy moguls and deep pow.
2. I'm going to get a max of one week of skiing in this year, so is there any point at all in actually buying new skis, or should I just demo the whole time? I would demo regardless for at least the first 2-3 days to figure out what I like, so if I bought skis, I'd get a whopping 4-5 days on them this year. With the 09/10 skis on the horizon and spring/summer blowout deals just around the corner, I'm leaning towards just demoing this year.
Thanks in advance to everyone.