-35 yrs old
-6'4" tall (yep, that's not a typo)
-I am generally a controlled, "ski within my comfort zone" kind of skier at moderate speeds
-I ski in Colorado (mostly groomers)
-I live 45 minutes from Powderhorn ski resort and ski just about every weekend all winter long
I am just coming back to alpine skiing after a 15 year hiatus (lived in Florida for 10 of those years, then had kids). When I left the sport, I was skiing on 210cm straight skis! My how things have changed. I would like to buy some new shaped skis, but don't really know where to start. I've demo'd a couple skis (K2 Xplorer, Volkl AC2) , but didn't fall in love with either. The Xplorers were too much ski for me, I think. They were too flared in the back and I felt like they wanted to go faster than I am comfortable skiing. The AC2's were okay - but I guess I don't really know what I should be looking for. I want a ski that I can grow into, as I hope to improve my skiing ability with my new proximity to the mountain.
The skis I have had my eye on are:
Volkl AC3 (can get a great deal on these at $399 w/bindings)
K2 Apache Raider ($449 w/bindings)
Solomon X-Wing Tornado ($599 w/bindings)
I am thinking that I will go with a 170cm - 177cm ski.
Any opinions or advice would be soooo appreciated. Thanks!!