Currently on a pair of Gotamas right now (non-rockered, the pink buddha version) that I love to death, but i'm looking for something new and more forgiving in softer, deeper snow. Last year in Whistler, I demoed some S7s along with some other rockered skis and instantly fell in love. My wife did the same and ended up buying a pair of Kikus.
I have no doubts that I would love any of the fatter, rockered skis out west, but my concern is with functionality on harder, more eastern type snow. We were blessed with fresh snow and more or less soft conditions in our trip to Whistler, so I never got to try these skis on true hardpack. I don't do a lot of skiing back here in the east, but if I do i'd like the new boards to at least be functional. I still have a pair of Salomon GC Race skis from a few years back if I *really* want to rail.
Can anyone make some recommendations for skis that will fit what i'm looking for? On my radar right now are the S7's (REALLY liked them) and Nordica Patron (seem right up my alley) which I can pick up on pro form. Anything else I should be looking at? Or should I be looking at a completely different category of ski?
Aggressive skier, but not a real charger per se (ie. no big air)
Looking for a ski that isn't a whole lot of work