About me: 5'11" 170lbs, 44yrs old. Getting back into skiing after a long (15 year) hiatus. I was an advanced intermediate back on the old technology, and I'm looking to put the time in w/lessons and improve. I would consider myself a moderate speed skier right now all groomers, but am skiing faster the more time I log and I'd liked to venture off trail as I get better. I ski in the West (Tahoe area).
Right now, I ski on an 07 K2 Apache Raider in 174cm length. I find these okay, a little long/not agile, and maybe too forgiving/soft, allowing me to lapse into sloppy tail slides (my buddies say I'm "backseat" too much). I don't feel that confident at higher speeds with these skis.
I've demoed six pairs of skis so far (AC30 (09 & 10), Nitrous (2010), Top Fuel (09), Rossignol z10 (09) and Phantom SC80; I'm leaning towards the Rossignol z10 in a 170 length. These are maybe slightly too stiff for me right now, but I like the fact that they force me to keep balanced, and not get lazy and sit back too much. They also really carve nicely on groomers (when I'm doing it right!) and seem very stable at any speed I'm likely to ski in the upcoming season or beyond. Looking at the Rossi line up, I'm curious about the z11, which I was not able to demo this season.
Should I go for a slightly more "advanced" ski that I can grow into? Or stick with my current skis, since it's probably my skiing and not the skis...
How does the z11 compare to the z10 in terms of forgiveness? The z11 looks more versatile for off-piste.
Should I wait and demo the z11s next season, or go for a pair of z10s at the end of season prices? Or just go for the z11s without demoing?
Thanks for any suggestions/advice.