Hey all, after 6 years of snowboarding I decided to try my hand (or feet?) at skiing. Needless to say, I liked skiing a lot more. Anyways, I'm extremely comfortable on any blue run and can handle most blacks, and that leads me to my question. I'm currently using my 2003 K2 Public Enemies which are something like 80 underfoot and are heavy as bricks. They perform phenomenally on groomed runs/hardpack but suck hardcore on the deep. I don't plan on really leaving the resort at all, but I do anticipate spending a decent amount of time off trail on some of the less travelled black runs. Something with good flotation but not necessarily a powder ski. Just a good ski for everything I might run into at Sundance and The Canyons. I'm 6'3 190.
Looking for a good all around ski
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There are so many good skis out there! So if you only want one pair the question is what you want to sacrifice (float or carving performance on icy snow). Yeah, we all skied powder on SL skis and a lot of fat skis can be carved, but something is always sacrificed (a lot less with some skis than others). I'd just demo everything in site and soon you will likely find skis with a waist size and performance that pretty much covers your type of skiing. You can likely ski something fatter (perhaps an 88mm or more?) than what you now have for an all around ski in UT, which would boost the powder performance. There are a lot of reviews on this site to pour over. The reviews on Real Skiers can be useful.
There are independent ski manufactures throughout UT that may offer free demos (like Ramp in Park City). You can demo several skis in a day at the resorts you mentioned. You can also attend demo days everywhere. There are indeed a lot of good skis so price and personal preference may come into play. For example, you may find ski "A" slightly better than ski "B", but ski "B" might retail for $400 less. For that difference you might as well purchase two pair of skis.
More importantly, get boots that fit.