I just got back from skiing 3 day in Utah on the 2012 Sir Francis Bacon.
Me: Advanced Skier, 5'8'', 158 lbs
First day was with 8" of new snow. Ski felt great. Light, poppy, stable underfoot. I also felt that the ski was forgiving when I got bucked into the backseat. Very Playful and fun.
Second Day was a mix of trees, powder stashes, cut up snow, soft bumps, and pack powder groomers. I started to notice that on runs where the speed was higher, the ski felt short and slightly unstable. Still a lot of fun.
Third Day was a mix of hike to powder shots, firmer moguls, and fast groomers. Not the best day for the ski. The powder was heavier and I almost went over the handlebars a bunch of times, which I would fight by jumping in the backseat. On the high speed groomers back to lifts, the skis felt squirrely and did not inspire lots of confidence.
I know that the Bacon is a more center mounted ski and I wonder if moving the mount back would change the ski. I did some research prior to mounting them, but it all pointed to mounting them on the suggested line.
I am looking for a Western Ski Daily Driver. Is there another ski that might be similar, but might be slightly more stable? Gotama?
Skis that I tend to like are medium to medium stiff with a round/balanced flex (ex. Volkl Bridge, Stockli XXL)
Skis that tend to not like are overly stiff skis and especially those with a stiff tail (ex. Volkl Mantra)
Thanks for any suggestions.