I currently ski Head Monster IM 72s. I obtained them about 6 years ago as a rank beginner and still enjoy them ( not that I have many points of comparison since I have skied only my own skis in the last 6 years ). BUt the reviews on them seem positive and I enjoy them.
I have skied more and more each year and have moved progressively more out in the powder each year . I REALLY love it in the deeper stuff and the bulk of my skiing will be in Fernie BC where we get a fair amount . It can take days or weeks for things to get tracked out among the trees or in places where its a little hike.
I am 44 years old, 5 11 and weigh 200lbs and would classify myself as an intermediate skier-- I take a diagonal on the steepest pitches and dont do big jumps but am comfortable on all single blacks I have encountered and some double diamonds. I skied 15 days last year, all in Alberta and BC and would intend to continue to use my Heads when I am on a hill thats hardpacked ( like Nakiska) and to make a choice at places like Lake Louise or Sunshine depending on conditions. I am hoping for 15 days at Fernie this year ( we have a place near the hill ) and 5 to 10 days in the Banff area . NO park time . . . as little time on the groomers as necessary or as required with my kids.
My initial research indicates the Rossignol S7s might be a good choice as most of the guides say they are great for a heavier skier and great in powder and suitable for someone who is not an expert. I really like the look of the 2013s as well (but would live the with the 2012 look for a drop in price LOL.
Ok I think I have covered all the facts you would need to help so
1. What do people think of the Rossignol S7s for a skier as described?
2. What other skis would you recommend
I have gotten to a level where I will be doing demos and comparisons but with the expertise here and the fact that I think I have really narrowed down what I sseek, I am hoping to keep it to 3 or 4 choices.
Thanks in advance for any advice. In the meantime I will continue my research