Greetings all ... great forum, I've been browsing for months as I prepare to get back into skiing.
Grew up in the Midwest skiing Minnesota/Michigan, but have only skiied about 8 times in the last 20 years (Tahoe 3x, Chamonix 2x, Lake Louise 2x and Lutsen last year). I've decided to get more serious about skiing, invest in some good equipment, and make 4 trips this year for a total of 15-20 ski days.
I'm 42 yrs old, 6'2" 185-190 lbs, level 7, and looking for a one-ski quiver this year before I can demo plenty of skis and start expanding it late in the season based on where my ski interests go. I plan to do about 60% off-piste on my first two trips (Alta, Tahoe), mostly powder, followed up by a couple trips to Taos, NM. I'm a reasonably aggressive skiier who gets over his skis, keeps his feet back, and has pretty good technique. Never developed any reasonable ability on bumps, and that's not a priority at this time.
My last two times out, I skiied 170 AC20s on groomed slopes at Lutsen and 170 Apache Explorers 50/50 groomed/powder at Lake Louise and loved them both ... obviously they were a little short for me, but I wanted to make sure I had a really good time during my brief excursions there.
Looking for recommendations from the regulars here on a good all-mountain ski to start my quiver that give me good upside for improvement while are still plenty of fun. I'm intrigued by the new K2 line, particularly the 174 A.M.P. Aftershocks, but would love to hear thoughts from the experts.
Also, I'm completely lost on boots and the latest technology, so recommendations there would be very welcome as well. Cost not an issue ... value, as always, is.
Thanks in advance.