This is my first post on EpicSki (what an amazing site!), so hopefully I'm not asking a total noob question. I've spent hours going through the forums, and I can't find any posts that really speak to what I'm looking for.
In short: I'm interested in a quicker turning ski that handles both powder and the firm stuff.
I'm a big guy (6'6", 230lbs) and a pretty decent skier (level 8-9), but I'm not a gear head. I've always just skied what they sell me at Sturtevants. I'm ready to add another pair of skis to my "quiver" but I really don't know what direction to go. Hoping y'all can help me.
I currently ski exclusively on Fischer Watea 84s (184s). These are awesome carving skis with the versatility to go into the bumps and off piste. But I feel like I can find something better for the firm Cascade conditions I'm often skiing. While the Wateas do admirably well in the bumps, I feel I would do better with a quicker turning ski. Same thing for the steep, firm stuff (e.g. International at Alpental)--while the Wateas do great, I feel they want to make wider turns than is ideal when I need quick turns to keep my speed under control.
Also, my Wateas have never served me well in the powder, especially the heavy stuff we get in the Cascades. I feel they dive down to the bottom, and I have a hard time finding the right balance--if I want to turn well I need my weight more forward, but I want to shift back to get the tips up. Could just be that I'm not a good powder skier.
So, any suggestions?