This is my first post but certainly not the first time I've visited the site. I am looking for some skis(duh) but I'm getting more and more frustrated with browsing ebay/checking reviews and bottling it. I've bid on a few different sets that seemed to fit the bill so i'm asking advice on several fronts.
How much should I pay?
I'm 5'10 180lb. I've skied 2 weeks every year since I was 11 and I'm 21 now. I took to it very naturally and had some very good tuition. I would class myself as a good intermediate aggressive skier. However, I love skiing on piste(any condition) and on moguls(bumps? sorry i'm new to the lingo) but i'm relatively inexperienced at powder skiing. I'm looking for the holy grail of budget skis, the "all mountain ski". From what I've read this seems to mean a million different things to different people.
The reason i'm new to the lingo and have relatively little knowledge of brands, performance, what to look for, is that I've never bought a ski before in my life. I've always had a chat with the rental guy at whatever resort I'm in and he's given me a ski from the higher end packages. I've never really taken note of which ski I've had(sorry i'm really not helping you out here am I).
I don't want a ski thats really hard work but I want some exciting speed for someone of my level. I will happily ski anywhere on piste and I would like to crack skiing off piste in a little powder, but I really don't want to lose edge grip on hard snow/ice. I'm off to the three valleys in France in February so you could take this as an indication of the kind of snow I usually ski. I'm certainly not the guy who wants to look flash(as you can probably tell by the fact I just take what I'm given every year), and I want a ski to last me a few years so nothing too old. I'm looking for a relatively new second hand ski as I'm trying to stick to a budget oof about £250.
I'm sorry my spiel is a little higgeldy piggeldy but I dont want to leave anything out and get slated for doing so.
Oh! I bid on a set of Volk AC3's and K2 Apache Raiders and a set of Recons all in 170cm.
Any advice would help BIG TIME