My K2 PE's that I have enjoyed skiing as my primary ski (along with my Fischer RX8's) for the past 3 seasons are down to their last base grind or two. I have an unused pair of K2 Extremes in storage waiting to be mounted with a brand new pair of Look Pivot 14's. My question to all of you is whether the advances in ski technology that have been incorporated into ski designs over the past 3 years, or so, are so significant that it would be worth my while to change from my tried-and-true K2 PEs/Extremes to a newer, possibly wider, ski that incorporates the latest technology/features.
I am somewhere between 5'7" and 5'8", and somewhere between 155 and 160 lbs. I would describe myself as an advanced, not expert skier. My favorite areas to ski are woods and bumps. In spring conditions, I can ski the fall line on steep bump trails. When the bumps are stiff, I tend to leave the fall line (turn up hill, go around a bump, and change my line) every 4-5 bumps to manage speed. No fear in glades, I like to ski 'em fast and I like to slalom around the trees (tend to ski tight lines). I have absolutely no interest in skiing groomers, however there are days when that's all that's available, so I ski 'em.
My primary ski area is Gore Mtn. NY (season pass is also valid at Whiteface). The good thing about Gore is that when the snow is good there are a lot of (marked and unmarked) glades to choose from. The bad thing is that they tend to groom all of the slopes that have snowmaking regularly (so there isn't any slope that develops bumps similar to Outer Limits at Killington or Ripcord at Sugarbush, or even a slope like Beartrap at Mt. Snow). I also ski MRG 2-3 times each year, Whiteface 1-3 times each year, Sugarbush 1-2 times each year, Killington 1-2 times each year, and Stowe once each year. I ski the VT areas on weekdays after a major storm, or in the spring after Gore and Whiteface have closed, or when my friends can get discount passes and I can convince them to go. I have never skied in the West and I don't anticipate doing so next winter. Heading up to Jay Peak for a weekend is an option.
I ski 30-40 days each winter. There are probably 4-6 days each winter that I get to ski 6" or more of fresh snow (some of those days are in the 12" to 18" range and every other year or so I get a day or two of 24"+). Most of the time I ski edgeable packed powder (packed being the key term--it isn't icy, but many people have skied it before me). I ski slopes with patches of ice more often than I get to ski fresh snow.
My quiver consists of 165 cm Fischer RX8, 164 cm (based on K2 measurement scale) PE/Extreme, and 169 cm Atomic Nomad Crimson (non TI version). I tend to prefer shorter skis than many of the folks that post here.
So, returning to my question, given the conditions I ski, is there any reason for me to hesitate before I bring my K2 Extremes in to be mounted? Given all the new tech available, is there a better ski out there that I really need to try before I mount my only pair of Look Pivots on a new pair of skis?