I am looking to get my first pair of new skis in 7 years, and was wondering what people thought of the Rossignol S86 for me.
I am a 33 year old male, 6 feet, 186lbs, advanced/expert skier. I ski about 10 times per year (half east coast half west coast). I love fresh powder, bumps, trees, and skiing "wicked" fast on steep groomers. Most of the day is spent on blacks. Right now I am skiing on a pair of 2004 Rossignol Bandit B1s 170cm. The skis are very forgiving, which I like because even though I can handle the hardest terrain, I am still a recreational skier and don't need to kill myself out there. They are also very narrow by today's standards (69cm). What I like about my old skis is that they are a ton of fun in the bumps and trees. I can also bombed down the mountain groomers, and pretty much no one ever passes me, but the skis don't feel that confident on harder pack or crud. Also, they've been OK in powder, but if I keep skiing out West it would be nice to have skis that are less effortful in deep pow.
I was hoping that the Rossignol S86s might fit the bill. Still be a ton of fun in the bumps/trees, but also be more confident at speed and on hardpack/crud. Of course, since they are much wider, I am sure they'll be much more fun in the powder, too. Some websites have been listing the s86 as an "intermediate" ski. I don't really care about labels, but I do ski pretty hard down some very challenging terrain and wanted to make sure that the S86s aren't built for going "medium" speeds down blue squares. I am not a pro racer, but I do want skis that can handle some respectable "recreational" speed without punishing me.
So, what do y'all think?? Is the S86 a good fit? Would the 178s be the right size since I like skiing bumped up trails/trees? Any other skis I should consider (Dynastar Sultan 85)?