I'm 5'6 160 pounds male skier. Ski mostly Alpine Meadows. Probably get in a consistent 12 days a year. I would like to think that I'm on the cusp of making the transition from an intermediate skier. I ski all the runs on each mountain, and have been spending more and more time in the trees. I'm looking for an all mountain ski that I'm going to be able to ski on most powder days as well.
I demo'd the mantra 170's last season and they were too much ski. The 163 Volkl Kendo's I skied in spring like conditions and were a lot of fun but I can see them being too stiff for deep powder. I've heard a lot of good things about the Blizzard line and I was guesing that with the reverse camber and the early rise of the Blizzard Bushwacker's in a 166 that they would be a better all mountain than the Kendo's.
I also demo'd the Salomon Lord's in a 169, On a powder and they were a very fun and easy to turn ski. I had a couple people tell me that if I was considering the Lord's at all that I should get the twenty twelve's because of the sidewalls.
Any help or other suggestions out there? Thank you in advance.