Hey all, I'm going to buy a new pair of skis and I was hoping some of you could give me some advice on how to narrow my search.
To start, I'm 22 years old, 6 foot 1, range from 185-200lbs, and I've been skiing on and for about 10 years. In recent years since heading south for college, my primary form of skiing has been taking a week long trip every year out west with the family. This year we're headed to Jackson Wyoming to rip up the Tetons. I think I'm looking for an all-mountain type of ski. I'd call myself a pretty advanced skier, but not quite an expert. I love to rip bowls and fly through glades with my brother, but tight rocky chutes and cliffs both kinda scare me. That said I want a ski that will still let me cruise around on the groomers when hanging with the rest of the fam.
In terms of brands, I've got a friend who can hook me up with a pro deal (roughly 40% off) for the following brands: K2, Rossignol, Dynastar & possibly Solomon, so I'm really just looking exclusively at these.
So people who have been trying the new 2011 models, what do you think. Where should I be focusing in on. Cost isn't really an issue for me, I'm just looking for the best single quiver ski I can get. I haven't really gotten into serious hiking either, so ski weight isn't much of an issue either.
The K2 Aftershock and Richtor are on my list, but I haven't found much comparison between them.
Would a ski wider than the mid 80s still be manageable when I've got to hit the groomers?