Been reading the forums for a while, but just set up an account and started posting. Anyway, I'm looking at new skis this year. I am 6'1" and 170 pounds. I live in Salt Lake, so I ski everything from chest deep powder to hardpack, trees to groomers (if you're familiar with Solitude, I ski Honeycomb Canyon more than anything else, and that means everything from super deep powder to moguls to tracks in one glorious run). I have been skiing for 25 years, but I don't get to ski as much as I used to--I only make it out about a dozen times a year. But, I ski steep (with poor technique, I might add!).
Anyway, last year I demoed a bunch of skis in a variety of conditions (the Rossignol S3, S7, Scott Mega Dozer, some Salomans, etc.). This year, I demoed both the Experience 98 and 88 (among others), and I must say that the 88 is my favorite ski that I have ever skied. For 88 under foot, it is very lively and a ton of fun. I've broken my current skis and am in a position to buy only one set at this point.
Unfortunately, the snow conditions in Utah this year have been horrible thus far. I haven't been able to ski any powder this year, but I'd really like to know how the 88 might fair in powder. Any thoughts? I know it won't be anything like the S7 or the Mega Dozer, but I'm hopeful someone here has experience on it in powder and might be able to offer some thoughts.