After a few late season storms in Tahoe and a few nosedives in deep powder (i.e. more than a foot) with my Fischer Motive 84 168cm (traditional camber, 84mm underfoot, light but relatively stiff), I want to complete my planned western 2-quiver setup in the next season. While my Motive 84 can float under ideal conditions at sufficient speed, it still doesn't have enough float as it's too short and too narrow, hence simply is too unforgiving for me under deep powder.
I'm not looking for a big mountain charger nor a super burly ski, but for a nimble ski that can handle deep powder (fresh or cut-up) first and foremost. Handling trees well is a must. If it can handle soft bumps, it would be a plus, but I don't expect miracles here. I don't care how it handles icy/hard pack or groomed, as I'll be skiing Motive 84 for anything other than deep powder days. I'm 5'9"/160lbs, ski 20+ days a season, all in Tahoe. Most of my powder days are at Kirkwood, spent riding trees and bowls off the chair #6 all day.