I am 24 yo male, 5-7, 185, pretty athletic, advanced-level, and also unfortunately on a budget. However, I really need to get some new skis this year. Looking for input as the amount of money I'm looking to spend (600-700) will only buy you "intermediate" level skis which are apparently "soft."
Anyway, right now I'm skiing on 170 cm K2 Apache Raiders, and they are fine for most purposes, however I don't much care for their carving performance. At high speeds they are fine for smooth/lazy medium-to-large arcs, but they are godawful if you really tilt them on their edges and try to do intense carving.
I am looking at Rossi avenger 76 carbon, Volkl AC20, Fischer Motive 74 SW, and things like that.
Anyway, do you think those are worth the money (like do advanced skiers really need advanced/expert skis to get good performance)? Or, if I would easily "out-ski" those or whatever and I can't put up more that $700.00, would I be best suited to just wait until I can drop $1000.00?