i have my atomic access (100 mm waist) and the atomic blackeye ti (82mm waist)....looking to possibly give up my atomic for something a bit more robust...they're great in softer snow, relatively light, nimble and wonderful racehorses, but imo don't have the edge grip of, say, some alleged volkls or blizzards are known for on those boilerplate days (and i love to carve too)
just got back into skiing 3 yrs ago after a long hiatus...age 49, currently weigh a chunky 185lb and stand 5'6" (my weight does go up and down often)...i do weights, running, cycling and ski workouts.
i'm out skiing 30-50x/yr...am considered only an intermediate to advanced intermediate (at whistler's summit series i'm in blue advanced/black light classes)
i live in vancouver and mostly ski cypress and/or whistler on the wkends
a very versatile ski that is a great allrounder:
capable and not too heavy for our wetter PNW stuff and crud but also, on the other hand, equally good in lighter, drier powder should i visit other resorts in colorado or utah etc next yr....while i also love to carve on piste, i am also getting more into off piste (currently i'm 65% piste and 35% off piste but hope to balance these more as my skill sets improve)....getting more into trees and bumps don't really do it for me at this point (yet, that is...)
it seems that a true allrounder doesn't really exist (or does it?)
ie you get the more burly crudbusters of volkl or blizzard but from what i've read they're not the best for deeper lighter powder...and vice versa for other skis that are great in powder but not the greatest in crud or carving...and i want it to do all equally, if possible.
technique wise, i'm more on the cautious side as a skier (again i love to carve and feel it control) but of course on easier blue grades i can let her rip fully too (atomic blackeyes are great racehorses for such too)
i did have the mythic riders last yr, and while initially i enjoyed them, i found them too planky and not greatest for deeper snow (hence why i bought the atomic access).
so skis i am considering:
-nordica jetfuel 84mm waist 170length
-he newer nordica sidecountry series: either icore burner (84 waist) or steadfast (90 waist) 170 length
-kastle fx84 168
also considering kastle mx88 in168 (can get demo for $700) but am not sure that this kick ass ski of showing it's best only when going very fast is what i want)...some days i'm more aggressive and other days am more into finesse as i try to refine technique.
volkl bridge 171
(might unload atomic access too but it is a very fun and nimble ski for deeper days)
other suggestions or ideas/imput is welcomed, thank you.