Me -- 5'10", 155lbs (+10 in gear?), 32 y/o, ~70 days total over 4 years so far on snow. Wish I'd started sooner!
Where I ski -- PNW, with occasional trips to Tahoe/Utah/Colorado
What I ski -- Everything inbounds except park/pipe.
Skill -- Average off-piste, above-average on. I carve on groomers that aren't boilerplate. I struggle with firm bumps. I never cruise - meaning that I'm always pushing my comfort level on all types of terrain - albeit it might be a lower bar than for many. Overall, I think of myself as an advanced-intermediate skier, with an edge on the groomers ;). I really love the technical aspect of skiing, so am constantly focussing on trying to improve my technique, rather than just the difficulty of the run, or the time taken to come down it. Having said that, I spend more time off-piste than on. For example, at Crystal here in WA, I spend most of my day at Northway. Stevens, back-side. Whistler, Harmony. Blackcomb, Seventh & the glacier. You get the idea.
Current skis -- My 172cm Legend 8ks (w/ Salomon Falcon CS boots) have been great so far in all conditions (even deep snow). But one demo on a pair of Atomic Access skis @ Heavenly and I realized that I do like a wider ski - albeit with a stiffer tip than the Access. And the Legends are a bit chattery on firmer snow and twitchy in cut up snow.
Looking for -- A 1-quiver ski! I'd like it to be stable through cut up heavy snow (PNW!) and fun in bumps. Absolute groomer performance is not crucial, but I do enjoy them! So wider than a mid-90 seems like a bad fit
I know... demo! demo! demo! But I always seems to miss out on the demo days and have too tight a budget to pay the high prices of local stores. So the online deals constantly tempt me, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet in fear of buyer's remorse. Some skis that come to mind:
176 Kastle FX94 - Sounds like the right ski for me, if I could find it at the right price! :)
172 Dynastar Sultan 94
170/177 Salomon Sentinel - too much ski for me?
173 Blizzard Bonafide - I like cambered skis. So will I enjoy these?
178 Fischer Watea 94 - Will I miss the metal in the ski?