Hate to sound like a newbie... but I feel like one! From Junior High through College, I skied regularly (10-15x per year) in the Canadian Rockies.
I haven't skied much since the mid '90's. I recently bought a piece of property in the New Mexico Rockies. This last year, they really got a dump of snow. The snow is totally different than the snow in the Canadian Rockies... much lighter/drier (at least the one day I was there!). I understand that conditions aren't always as great as when I went. I believe they make a lot of snow early in the season and most runs are groomed.
I need skis! But when I rented skis, I asked for "195's" as that is what I use to ski with15-20 years ago. The rental people laughed at me! Told me I was "old school"!! I think they sent me out with 170 or 175's.
My skill level use to be "experienced" I'd say. I use to ski mostly blues and blacks (and as I found out, I still can despite being older, stiffer and heavier!). I'm 6 foot, 230lbs.
I like to ski mostly "on piste" (BTW, I don't remember people using the word "piste" back in the day... must be the new cool word to say?) I will likely be skiing mostly groomed runs and crud with not infrequent "powder on crud" groomed runs. No out-of-bounds or ski park stuff...
So, I want to buy a pair of '09 or '08 skis for a good deal. Questions are:
1. What length?
2. Recommended Brands/Models given my skill level, physical characteristics, location of skiing and types of runs?
3. Might as well recommend bindings to!
P.S. Also, please tell me which brands are poorer quality. It seems most people think Rossi's are now poorly built (they use to be great... I need the "latest scoop" so I don't buy junk!)