Trying to decide on my first Powder skies that could be versatile to handle other types of snow as well.
I'm 40 years old, 6'2, 200lb advanced skier. Ski Squaw mostly, pretty much everywhere. Last two seasons on Atomic Snoops but i feel like i have outgrown them by now. They feels too soft and not enough edge control at this point.
I have demoed:
Rossignol S7 - Loved them in the powder. Very easy to turn and a lot of fun to be on. Very playful. However, on grooms i just couldn't figure out how to put them on the edge. Couldn't carve them at all and i love to carve.
Volkl Katana in 190 cm. - I know it sounds like the right size for the guy of my complexion but it was too much of the skies for me. Felt heavy and hard to turn.
Volkl Katana in 183 cm. - They felt just right. Easy to turn in the powder, not as easy as S7 but i could mange it. A lot of edge control of paste (exactly what my Snoops are missing). Very stable in bumps and in short turns.
So now i'm all confused. I definitely like the S7 in powder the best but i didn't like them anywhere else. Heard that Atomic Bent Chetler as good in the powder but much better on grooms. Could be my ski but it was impossible to find a demo pair, they are all sold out....
Katana in 190 seems like the appropriate size for me but it was just too much of the skis. Maybe i can grow up into them but i'm afraid it might take a while ;-)
Katana in 183 felt just right but most of my friend are saying that it's too short for me as the powder ski and i just don't want to get the powder ski that i could use as an everyday ski and wouldn't be enough for the powder days in the future.
I would rally appreciate if anybody can help me to make some sense out of this mess.