Just a quick comment about today and my experience. I gotta go shopping before it closes so I will come back and respond to the messages.
I thought my lesson was this week but it's next week so I went to demo some skis. I wanted to try the S7 but it was rented out for the week so I took the S3 in a 186, Rossi Experience 83 and 98 and the Solomon Twenty Twelve.
I had a pre determined path which took me from groomers to ice to soft snow then to waist deep old pow that wasn't fresh and also a run with bumps and trees. I would do this twice with each ski.
S3 @ 186 - Honestly, the best ski I have ever skied on. I have no complaints about it. I saw the ski was super soft but it didn't continually slap the snow when I was bombing it on the groomers like the Gotama. It was weak in the ice but on groomed it did good and it loved it in the powder, could handle bumps and trees no problem. I could also go as fast as was safe for me and had no problems.
Experience 83 @184 I believe - Skied very well on groomed and ice but in the soft snow it wasn't very good for me at all and if I was going to stay on the groomed runs, then I would prob go with a ski like this as they are fairly cheap. Didn't make me jump in my boots like the S3.
Experience 98 @ 186 I believe - Skied like the Exp 83 except did a little better in boot high powder however didn't get my mojo moving.
Twenty Twelve @ 186 I believe - Skied better then the S3 on groomers and Ice however in the soft snow it was not as good. Guy at the shop said this was a much better ski all around then the S3 but I told him it's a park ski and he was like yeah but it doesn't have to be. I liked it but meh, didn't excite me.
So after the 2012, I went back and got the S3 and skied the rest of the day with them. Usually I leave the mountain at 1-2pm because I am so frustrated with my ski but today I skied right until closing. I didn't want to stop skiing. I finally had the confidence to go in the tree's and bumps and into the "side mountain" which is avalanche and patrolled back country part of the hill. I asked a few people where the deepest snow was and went there. I had so much fun in there even though my technique is not perfect. I had some troubles turning in the deep and did fall but it was fun. I got back up and tried it again and again. I skied the whole mountain without issue (except on ice) and just had a great day. I was finally also going off rocks in the pow and getting some air which I always loved to do. One time I landed and the skis just stayed there and I went flying face first into the powder. Good times.
So after today, it seems like I might have found a new ski. I really wanna try the S7 but the S3 is cheaper and I believe better when there isn't fresh snow like today. Another thing I noticed is I am not sore at all. Usually my quads and calfs are killing but today nothing like that. It also wasn't a pain do turn any of the skis I tried.
Also I feel the way I turn is getting alot better. I wasn't twisting my feet and doing it properly. I also practiced pole planting and better controlling my speed when carving on the groomers. All in all it was the best day of skiing I have had in like 4-5 years. I wanna buy the ski now but gotta try the S7 first.