Ok, long story that I will spare you all. The gist of it is that I had to trade my beloved Katana's for a futon. (Yeah, I got screwed hard on that one but it's just one of those things.) So, being the gear hoar that I am I see this as an opportunity to try something else. I need help deciding what that is. So here are the criteria.
I want something very similar to a Katana! But possibly a little more maneuverable but without losing all of the big mountain temperament. My home hill has a lot of tight trees. They need to be able to handle semi-wet snow, usually not more than than 10-12" deep, that has been cut up by mid morning. Very rarely will we get more than 2 feet. I really liked the flat camber/early rise of the Katana so that would be prefered. They can't be total dogs on the soft groomers but I have multiple race stock skis for when it gets hard. And lastly, I want something I can find used......just cuz.
My specs: 5"11', 210 lb, very strong and aggressive. Level 1 instructor but would go to Level III if there was any call for it at our hill (a small hill in north central WA.) At present I'm contemplating the following: Liberty Helix, Elan Olympus or 1010, 6th sense Huge and XXL....Any ideas would be appreciated.