First of all, thanks so much for all of the insight on this site/boards. It's my first year skiing and I have taken some lessons and progressed nicely. I am feeling pretty comfortable on the (easy) blacks found here in Northern Ohio/Peek n Peak. I know that's not much to write home about (comparitively speaking to the skill levels of most of the people on these boards) but I was lucky enough to pick it up pretty easily, and am happy considering it's my first foray into this great world of skiing.
With that said, I am getting the itch to buy some skis (and save on rentals) and I don't want to make a big mistake in buying skis that are too much for me to handle. I want a nice all-mountain ski that I can grow (skill level) with. These boards have had just about nothing but great things to say about the Head Monster IM 78 (Now Peak 78). Are those too much for me to handle? I have read that they are pretty forgiving considering their class, but just wanted to see what your thoughts are. If that ski is too much, what do you all think about the Atomic Whiteout? They are supposed to be a softer ski than the blackeye and have gotten good reviews from all that I've seen.
If it helps, I am an athletic 27 y/o, 5'9, 185-190, and am looking to get 171's.
Thanks so much for all of your help, and I look forward to the days when I can help out with knowledge the way that you folks do.