My GF has narrowed down her ski choices to the Volkl Aura and the Kastle BMX 98. This year she is skiing on Rossi S80W. Its amazing how her skiing improved on both of these skis. Unfortunately, she was not able to demo the skis in the same conditions.
She fell first for the Kastle skis on a soft day as they were smooth and stable and she was originally looking for a powder ski. She did doa few runs on an icy day and they did not seem to do as well. Her concern with the Kastle skis thus is how they will do on ice and in tight steep conditions. She liked the Volkl skis as it really plowed through crud, held the ice and made her ski much more aggressively. Her concern with the Volkl skis is the stiffness as she is use to skiing much softer skis as she likes the bumps and trees.
She is an advanced skiier. She skis almost uniquely in Whistler (sometimes Tahoe) where the conditions are very variable. We have been spoiled this year and it is hard to remember that there are actually icy days and heavy powder here.
I know this is a hard one to call but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Also thoughts on whether she should wait for the 2012 Volkls or save some $ and buy the discounted 2011 or even 2010 skis.