I just recently got into skiing and quickly realized that I love it. I already own boots that are properly fitted according to this and other websites' guidelines. I'm now looking to get my own pair of skis and am hoping that you all can give me some advice.
So some background info about me:
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Skiing Experience: This was my first season. I went 6 days. I'm feeling fairly comfortable/confident on blue runs with basic rental skis, though I do still fall.
Skier Style: I like to feel in control with a nice turning rhythm, I don't have an overpowering need to go fast.
Skiing Location: So. California (Mt. Baldy, Big Bear), Eastern Sierra (June Mountain, Mammoth)
Terrain Preference: Thus far I've mostly done groomed runs, and some packed powder. I see myself mostly sticking on piste but venturing off piste from time to time.
I'm looking for skis that won't be too much for me to handle at my current ability but that I can grow with and eventually do black runs on.
What would you suggest as far as ski lengths and waist widths that I should be considering?
Do you have any specific ski suggestions? I've looked at the following:
Vokl Unlimited AC20
K2 Apache Ranger & Raider
Salomon X-Wing 8 & XW Storm
Dynastar Booster 9 & 10
Fischer Heat 74 & 76
Elan Magfire 74 & 78
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you provide.