This morning we woke up to fresh powder. I went to the demo place and asked for some fatter skis as I have never skied anything wider than an 80mm waist. I was given a pair of Nordica Enforcers in 177. I absolutely loved these skis. They were good in powder, they blew through crud, and they were very stable. They did not feel heavy at all, even with demo bindings. They were not a real demanding ski, and you could sit back and ride them at times. The only thing I did not like was the fact that they did not like to do shorter turns. They wanted to make medium/long turns and they wanted to do them at a very high speed. I think they may be a little cumbersome in the trees. The longer turning aspect also caused problems when heading back to the lift and the run was full of people. It was harder to slow down and take my time. I skied them all morning.
I returned them and asked if there was anything comparable that was also comfortable making shorter turns. The shop suggested the Shogun. (I think they were around 180). They were able to make short turns very well, but overall I did not like them. They just seemed a little squirrily. They were not as comfortable at speed, and did not bust the crud as well. They also seemed extremely heavy. I tried one more ski, a Head product that was very forgettable. When I brought them back it was later in the day and my legs were burning so I did not take anything else out. The guy at the shop suggested the Mantra in 177. But in reading this forum, I have seen many posts detailing the fact that the Mantra is very different than the Enforcer.
I would like to buy a ski for these types of days. Any suggestions on a ski that has the characteristics of the Enforcer, but is also able to do some shorter turns when necessary?