I'd like some recos specifically for Mammoth as that seems to be the only place we visit. We live in So. Cal. but never go to Wrightwood or Big Bear. Anyway, I'm 52, 6-1, 175#, very athletic (mtb and road bike race, trail run). I hadn't skied in 10 yrs until starting again last year, will prob do only 8-10 days. Even though I was off the slopes, I would still consider myself advanced in skill and aggressive in style. I ski mostly mid-mountain and go up to the top now and then. It seems no matter what part of MM one is at, you're going to have to ski some crud and some packed or fresh pow there--I'm looking for a ski that's good in that stuff. That said, I'm not a groomer kind of guy--if on one, I'll look for the cut-up stuff/bumps or loose stuff on the sides. I'm not specifically a bump skier.
Last year, I skied a Fischer Watea 84 in 167 length. The ski was fun but way short for me after a new storm refreshed the slush we had been skiing. I was so out of touch with ski lengths I didn't question the rental person. I think I should have been on at least a 176, 177. An 84 waist is pretty narrow for Mammoth outside of the groomers, isn't it? I'm planning to try the Watea 88 and/or a Watea 96 or a Rossignol E88 and/or E98. That sound good? Any other ideas? Thanks!