Hello, lets start out with some stats. I am a 25 year old male, 5'10" 180lbs. I'm from Michigan, but most of my skiing is done out west. I'm a level 7 skier. I ski about 10 days a year and I've been skiing since I was a kid, although I've had kind of revival in the past 4-5 years. I like to ski just about all terrian, steep groomers, trees, sidecountry, bowls... moguls are my weakness, and thererfore I find myself avoiding them, but I would like to work on that. I would say at this point I am more of a high speed big turn guy. I'm still kind of finding my style and definetly improving each year, so I'm looking for a ski that will do everything on the mountain except the deepest powder, in which case I would just demo a powder ski, and one that I can grow into skill wise.
I am able to get Fischer skis at 50% off, so since I have gotten more into skiing 5 or so years ago I have pretty much only skied Fischer Wateas. I am currently using a 08ish Watea 74 181, but I feel its to narrow of a ski for all mountain out west. I skied a 2010 Watea 94 for a couple days last year and loved it. It had better float in soft snow, and I didnt really feel like I gave anything up in terms of responsiveness coming from the 74. That was before they started implementing the freeride rocker though, so I'm not sure how the current 96 would compare. From what I have read the current 96 "likes to go strait" and is a "powerful ski for powerful skiers", and I'm not sure that describes me.
Then I found the reviews of the Blizzard Bonifide. Seems like just about everyone really likes it. This leaves me to two questions. 1) is the Bonifide to much of a ski for me? and 2) assuming its not, is it a better ski for me than the Watea 96? Will it be a big enough improvement over the Watea to justify paying full price ( '13 Watea would be $425 w/bindings).
If you have any experience with either of these skies, or better yet, with both, please share! Thank you in advance.
Edited by nickwin - 10/30/12 at 7:42am