So I've been skiing since I was roughly 8 years old and am now 23, however I haven't seriously hit the mountain in about three years. Having been so long I have a hard time classifying what my skill level was, but I was comfortable on most all single blacks and capable of enjoying some double blacks/unlimited depending on the day (Heather Canyon @ Mt. Hood Meadows was a favorite spot.)
At the time I was skiing some old gear, IE a set of long all-mountain Elan's from what must have been late 90's early 2000's in roughly 185cm with some shaping and a set of marginally shorter Rossingol powder ski's for when I wanted to test my average off-piste skills (if it's of importance I can measure width.)
I skiied mostly with my old man and some friends and so wasn't too aggressive in developing my skills, however now that I'm out of school with some disposable income I'm really looking to attack the sport again.
Long story short, I was probably a high-intermediate to low-expert skiier depending on the run and conditions three years ago. I had some bad habits developed over years of ad-hoc self learning so my priority this season is going to be getting my legs back and trying to re-learn things the right way.
My problem is that I knew that the ski's I had were outdated three years ago but I rode them pretty well. Now I want to move into shorter, fatter, more modern gear but I'm pretty clueless as to how to go about selecting it. Initially I want to invest in one good set of all mountain ski's which I can primarily use to focus on getting my game back and setting about improving my skills and doing away with bad habits that I know I must have had. As far as terrain, that probably means mostly on-piste/groomed this season but occasionally venturing into powder.
I'm doing as much reading as possible however the language has changed with respect to the gear. A couple pairs I've come across are Line Prophets and Salomon Lords. The trick is I want something versatile but I don't want to buy something that is such a beginner ski that I'm overpowering it by the end of the season (I ski pretty aggressively - to a fault.)
I'm 6' 195lbs in good shape and have plenty of strength in my legs (i'm also into mountain biking and weight training.) Any advice you guys can give me even if it's just where to go to catch up on whats changed in ski tech to what would be a good set of transitional all mountain ski's would be appreciated.
For whatever it's worth I'm located in the PNW and will be on Hood/Bachelor this season.
Thanks in advance,