After spending this season on a pair of Fischer Progressor 9+ I have a love/hate relationship with them and am looking to add another set of skis to my quiver. I love the P9's on groomers, hardpack and ice that we find so often on the east coast. That said, after spending a few days skiing loose snow and mixed conditions at Stowe and Smugglers Notch I find them to be a LOT of work. I knew they were meant for on-piste but I didn't realize how much harder I'd have to work when the snow is falling and piling up only a few inches. At first I thought it was probably a technique issue but I feel pretty confident it's the carvers.
So, I'm keeping the Fischers for the groomers but I'd like to get something that meets the following criteria:
- good in mixed snow conditions (a few inches of loose snow on-piste to the occasional glades)
- easy to turn, shorter radius ideal
- not too wide as I've heard wider skis are harder on the knees (under 90mm?)
- respectable edge grip on groomers (not expecting the great edge grip of the Progressors)
42 y.o. advanced skier on the east coast
5'-4", 190 lbs and dropping