Hi everybody! I have been lurking/reading for a while, but it's time to make my first post. I hope to borrow some of your expertise.
I am 6'3" 250. Skied a lot as a kid/teen on straight skis, then moved away for a long time and didn't ski much at all. Last year, I was able to move back to Tahoe and get back into it. I would call myself a Level 6-7 skier I guess -- ski all groomers well and fast, carve my turns, can't handle hardly anything cruddy or off piste. I can get down em but it's not pretty at all. Skis just dive in and sink. Don't know if it's my size, my ability, or my skis? I found a cheap, used pair of RX-9's and enjoyed them last season, but looking for something that will handle a greater variety of conditions...or help me learn to handle them.
I like to ski fast on piste but don't necessarily need to. Like I said, I am just beginning to venture off piste, so I prefer something that I don't have to drive fast in conditions I'm not comfortable with. I will ski solely in Tahoe. I will probably buy one pair of skis this year and would like to buy used, under $500. Eventually, I would like to have a bigger quiver, but for now it will be the RX-9's and whatever you all suggest. Or, I could sell the RX-9's and buy a couple used pairs.
What do you suggest for a bigger skier in Tahoe at my level who wants to be able to ski groomers but handle the crud days and be able to get down the hill and improve my skills off piste and in powder?
Thanks in advance!