Hello, I am thinking of adding a ski to my current quiver of two and need some advice. For the past two seasons I have been skiing the Fischer Watea 94 178cm for big mountain type skiing out west (Mammoth mainly) and the ski has been awesome and I believe has helped me improve. I have a carving ski as well ( Dynastar Contact Cross). This year I have trips planned to Squaw/Alpine, Alta, and Mammoth and I would like a ski to help me continue to improve especially on the deeper days and in deeper skied out conditions/crud. My Wateas do seem to get deflected a bit in these conditions but I realize this can be a techinque issue and I do plan on continuing to take lessons.
I am 40 years old, athletic, 6' 1" 175 lbs blessed with a pair of chicken legs and I've been working on quad strengthening as I do have trouble sustaining good knee flexion.
I enjoy hiking/traversing to find better conditions but no skinning ( loved the upper Taos terrain last season). I tend to prefer steep open runs and get a little nervous in tighter trees or chutes mainly because I have trouble consistently linking turns down the fall line. Still shoppin' a bit. This is what Im really going to focus on this year. I tend to prefer controlled turns and no straightlining and strive to be a better "technical skier".
After diligent research I have narrowed it down to 3 skis but am very open to more suggestions as well as length suggestions.
DPS Wailer 112 RP Hybrid
Kastle MX 108
Thanks you in advance for any help you can give me.