Vincent_DieselI live in New England. I have the ski boots already, pretty happy with that part. As for skis, l am looking at a few starting points based on the references/links above.
LOCATION: New England
HEIGHT/AGE/WEIGHT: 5'9" / 45 years old / 230lbs
ABILITY LEVEL: Beginner
BUDGET: Buy once cry once mentality
What do you all think about these skis as a starting point?
1. K2 ikonic 85 Ti
2. Blizzard Brahma 88
3. Nordica Enforcer 93
Can I ask how you got to that as a shortlist? I'm going to be honest and say that none of those skis are what you're after - all very good skis (haven't actually tried the k2s but so I hear), but despite being happy to spend a good amount on them, it is possible to 'over ski' yourself, meaning having a ski that is designed to perform at a much higher level that it's being used for. You'd find these skis, while having someone friendly rocker profiles, absolute bitches to ski - they won't turn as easily as you want while you're advancing, and to get them to perform to their potential you need to be comfortable taking them to decent speeds. A good metric is probably that until you're comfortable rolling onto your edges and linking carved turns at reasonable speeds these are too much and will probably damped your experience with skiing. Buying a ski above your ability is good as it forces you to advance, but this is probably too far.
I'm not trying to insult you, sorry if it sounds that way, but there's nothing wrong with buying a pair more suited to your skill level before you get the pair you really want, plus they're often cheaper. Obviously you've read a bit to get those skis, so you know what you're sort of after, and one ski I'd probably recommend in the same vein is the Volkl Kendo, still versatile like you've listed, and still above your skill level, but such that you'll want to ski it to it's potential rather than be intimidated by it.
If you talk me through your thinking on the ones you've listed I can help choose what you might be after