Through my employer, I have been given an opportunity to purchase some new skis from Liberty, Ramp, or 4FRNT for a really good price. The problem I am now faced with, however, is how to choose!
I am male, 30, 6' tall and approx 160 lbs I skied for 4 seasons in Tahoe before moving to Europe where I ski primarily on piste/slackcountry in the Tyrol region of Austria. In total I have about 10 years of experience and the last 3-4ish I have been going off piste more and more. I average 30-40 days a year and while not an expert by any means, I can ski most any lift accessed terrain that I have encountered (on or off piste) with no problems.
Right now I am using some 2010 Mantras in a 183 that I absolutely love, however I am looking for something a bit wider underfoot and perhaps a bit less stiff for crust bashing and powder days. I plan to use these something like 80% off piste 20% on.
I am a fairly aggressive skier at times, and I really like the stability of the mantras at speed. However when venturing off the beaten path into crusty snow and powder they like to randomly sink. Also, trying to manuever through bumps is not too much fun. Ideally I would like something that can match the mantras stability, but with a bit more flex and definately more rocker built in. Also, I am not sure if I should go longer or shorter than 183 for the type of ski I am searching for.
Thus far, I have been considering the 4FRNT YLE, the Ramp Peace Pipe, and the Liberty Variant. I am open to other suggestions outside of these brands but I am really trying to stick to these for reasons I have previously stated.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!