I just signed up for this website about an hour ago in hopes of finding some expert advice on an upcoming ski purchase. I've been doing some research on new skis all week and have narrowed down my search to the Volkl AC20 & Volkl AC30 (2010) models. I am able to get the AC20's with Marker bindings for $450.00 shipped and the AC30's with Marker bindings for $600.00 shipped. My budget is roughly $500.00 but is a little flexible if it means I'll be getting the best ski for my ability. Now that I've told you what skis I'm torn between I'll tell you a little bit about myself. I'm a 28 year old fairly athletic male. I've been skiing for about 13 years now. Learned how to ski in high school ski club, and skied on rentals for roughly 10 years. About 3 years ago I purchased a pair of 99cm Line Weapon Ski Blades and have been using them since. After the end of last season I decided that I want to go back to skis and try and advance my skill level. I consider myself a type II-III skier, with a skill level of about 5-6 and am looking to improve. The main reason I'm having a tough time deciding on which of these models to purchase is due in part to my skill level, but mainly due to my size. I'm a pretty big guy, 6'5", 245lbs and am uncertain if the 177cm AC20's will be stable enough for me at moderately high speeds. I'm also worried that the 184cm AC30's will be too "unforgiving" for me considering I'm coming from ski blades and will require a little bit of a "transition" period. Basically I'm just trying to figure out if the extra $150.00 is worth it or not for a guy who skis the east coast, off and on piste about 5-10 times a year. Thanks in advance for all your help.