I'll start off by saying that I'm so glad I found this site. It seems like a great community and I'm hoping I'll be able to find the advice I'm looking for.
I'm 22, 180lb, 5"8. I've been skiing since i was 6 on 2nd hand/hand me down skis and have been skiing on Rossignol Power Cut 10.6's for the past 6 years (170cm). I live out west in beautiful British Columbia and ski regularly on Whistler/Blackcomb.
I would say I'm an intermediate/advanced skiier, I can push myself down double blacks with a bit of difficulty, but also without falling. I spend about half my time on groomers and the rest doing everything else. I need a ski that can handle the groomers with ease, letting me get some good speed going, but will also work in the bumps, trees and powder (I know, I'm demanding :D).
The main reason I'm looking to purchase is that my brother recently purchased a pair of X Wing Fury's and, having the same boot size, I tried them out. I was amazed at how the skis pushed me to be a betters skiier. How noticable the difference was, and how much fun I was having.
Currently, I'm seriously considering: Salomon X Wing Fury's (172cm), Salomon X Wing Tornado's (170cm) and the Atomic Nomad Blackeye's.
Looking forwards to any and all suggestions.