First let me start by stating that I used this site primarily to pick out my last set of skis and I couldnt be happier with my Fischer Watea 94s. I also used this site to land a smokin deal on them from Philpug at Starthaus. Thanks again Phil, these skis are awesome. (That wasnt a review BTW) So now that the offseason is pretty much here, I find comfort in trying to find my next ski. I am in so cal and have been skiing the local resorts due to time constraints and I am lookin to upgrade my current groomer/hard snow ski from my old Olin comp DTSL (pretty outdated). I took the Fischers out a few times in those conditions and found them to be adequate but a little difficult to maintain speed control on the steeper pitches. I'm thinking about trying out Nastar next season. I also encounter bumps from time to time. I am 6 ft 170 lbs 38 yrs old and fairly athletic. I would consider myself high intermediate/low advanced and looking to improve. I was thinking of something in the high 60s low 70s waist width 15-16 radius. Here are my current ideas (a couple year old models mainly for budgetary reasons):
Fischer Progressor 9 or Cool Heat
Dynastar Contact 10 or Cross Ti
Nordica Firearrow 74
Kastle RX 12 (summer sale maybe or is sale and Kastle an oxymoron)
K2 Apache Crossfire
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.