I am 5'7 158lb fit energetic skier level 7/8. I have been skiing the Sir Francis Bacon in 178. I love this ski in good soft snow conditions but I'm looking for something with more stability for "not so good" conditions: thick heavy snow with some broken crust, wind rime, ice chunks etc. In these conditions I still ski 80% off piste looking for (sometimes hiking for) wind drifts, weather unaffected snow, etc. I like to "carve" a good number of energetic medium-radius turns in this stuff, adapting to terrain and snow conditions - getting most of my speed coming across the hill at the bottom of the turn, not "charging" down it. I pop off small rocks but don't huck big drops. DIN=10. Groomed snow performance is not the key priority but definitely need more hard snow grip than the SFB in these conditions. My other in service ski is the Atomic Crimson Ti. This generally has enough hard snow grip but is short on stability and float for this type of off-piste application.
I've been thinking of the Gotama, Prophet 98 or Bonafide - probably in that order - and would appreciate opinions from those who've skied these - or others! - in the conditions I'm talking about.