Can anyone recommend a ski to learn off piste?
I am 45 yrs, 5'10" 185 lbs solid intermediate skier. I ski in Northern California on a smaller local hill (Mt. Shasta) and at Tahoe. I have never really pushed myself in the past to learn to ski off piste, but now I am wanting to learn so that I can try to keep up with my buddies when they leave the groomers. I have skied that last few years on Volkl Supersports. I like to ski fast on piste, but struggle in the deeper snow.
I just got fitted for a pair of high performance boots and now I want to get some new skis to either replace or supplement the Supersports. I have demoed the following skis so far:
Nordica Firearrow 80
Of these, I liked the Kendos the best,and maybe the Aftershocks second, but because of terrible snow conditions that day, did not go off-piste on either one. I did take the S86's off-piste and they did much better than my Supersports, but I wasn't crazy about them on the groomers.
I had a blast on the Kendos, but would the Kendos be good for learning to ski off piste? Or should I look at a ski that is wider, softer, rockered, etc?
I can also demo the Salomon Shogun from my local ski shop if that might be a good possibility.
Thanks for your help!