I've been lurking in the forums for a bit and perhaps finally have a useful question for the group...
I spent 3 blissful days over the holiday demoing some Blizzard Titan Atlas skis at Northstar.
Loved the 'float' in some of the new snow I found off-piste.
Loved how light the skis felt.
Comfortable in groomed turns.
Decent hold in the moguls, but not the quickest ski I've tried...could be ski length? (180)
Occasionally felt a little draggy at start/low speeds.
Crud required a little extra push than I expected, perhaps due to ski lightness.
Overall, I think this was the best demo ski I've tried in 3 years. The last couple demos were from K2, which I didn't care for at all.
I am 6'2"/180 high advanced skier in very good shape (for a 39 year old, LOL!).
I stopped skiing for about 15 years due to life circumstances, and picked it back up about 3 years ago. The last pair of skis I owned were a skinny pair of Rossignols, size 215. Parabolics have changed everything - the last time I was on a pair of 180/185 skis was when I was about 14 years old.
I feel like I'm at the point where I should just buy a solid all mountain ski instead of renting.
This is what I've narrowed my search to:
Blizzard (May have to try Cronus) <--great experience with Atlas, also like the IQ binding system
Dynastar (Legend Sultan 85) <--expertskier.com loved these for 2010
Head (Peak 78) <--Love the liquidmetal technology
Based on the amount of exposure I get in a given year (about 15-20 ski days) I'm looking for a 1-ski quiver.
What I've been skiing is 50/40/10 groomed/trees/park. I'll take powder any chance I get...just doesn't seem to be a lot left when I finally arrive.
I am teaching my kid to ski, so I spend a fair amount of time backwards or some other contortion trying to watch what she's doing. I'm not looking for twin tips, but am open to the possibility.
Any voices of experience out there care to chime in?