After 12 years, I ready for a new set of skis. I currently ski a 2000 K2 Mod X (188). Skiing mostly in Oregon (Cascade Cement). I enjoy skiing the steep and sinking into long GS turns on groomers. I definitely need a ski that will bust through the Cascade Cement crud. Floating in powder is secondary. Due to price and availability I have narrowed the choices down to the K2 Hardside and Coomback. The Hardside seems to have the features that would be the easiest to transition to. The Coombacks seem so light and flexible. The Coombacks may have some advantages that could open up more skiing terrain. I don't like skiing the trees because I have to work so hard to initiate slow, quick turns with the Mod Xs. On the other hand, I am afraid to give up the joy of riding the edge on a long GS turn. I am going crazy over this. Any experienced feedback would be appreciated.