I'm a 165lbs, 6' 5.5" tall intermediate to expert skier guy.
I love to go REAL fast (one of my main goals), but I also enjoy turns of various lengths, I don't like tricks, but I'll jump up or take on a small pack of snow once in a while to alleviate the boring part of skiing.
I mostly do groomed and icy(whenever that happens), but I also happen to occasionally ride into light snowpacks, I should mention that I DO NOT want or perform backcountry or off-terrain skiing, so 90+ (or 100+)mm skis are most likely not for me.
This is my first time buying skis, I've been skiing on rentals for a couple of years now, and sick of rentals.
I'll also be looking for boots, to buy along with my skis, but I don't think they need to be related in this thread.
My mantra is if it's high quality, and it's perfect for me, and it's durable and will last for 8 more seasons with medium use and care, then I'll spend as much money within reason as required, otherwise I'm looking for the low-medium price range.
I'll be going to Northstar and Heavenly (Tahoe, NV) after Thanksgiving, and demoing skis for 2 days (I assume I can change skis during the entire day).
I'd like some recommendations for Brands and Models of skis I should try.
What I had in mind from my research on skiing,
178cm length, 78-84mm width
of course if you think I should try a longer ski or a wider ski, please let me know and for what reasons.