I am currently a level 7-8 skier. My current skis are Volkl AC30. I bought these during the summer last year and have been using them this year. I think they are extremely good and I really like them. However, I am thinking about handing down these ski's to my dad for next year so that he can start skiing the harder slopes with me a little more often and his skis right now aren't that good anyway (some $200 Rossignol's from several years ago).
I am thinking about waiting to buy something around April-May time when the season is over, I figure that's when I could get a good deal on this season's skis.
In terms of what I'm looking for, I usually ski groomed open runs as I ski often with my dad and some other friends that aren't as skilled as me. I do a black run as often as I can. I've skied before in powder snow and done some steep moguls, and also done two glade runs so far (in the trees with powder snow). I'm looking for an all-mountain ski, but I'd like it to be just a bit better for non-groomed runs than my AC30s. I do often times go skiing without my dad, so I could potentially use whatever ski I get as a 2nd ski to the AC30s.
My current shortlist of skis that I've come up with:
Fischer Watea 94
I go skiing about 15-20 times a year by the way. I live in Calgary, so there's four resorts that are within driving distance for just 1 day. So far this year I've gone 14 times, and will to go another 5 times at least, hopefully twice this upcoming weekend.