Originally Posted by theDogger
When getting into skis like the Elan 999 are they not going to be softer for powder?
Just to respond to this, there is a variety of skis in the high 90 mm range and several of them are stout skis that are "front side biased". The Mantra, Enforcer, Experience 98 etc. are built with layers of metal, have traditional camber underfoot, are quite stiff torsionally, have stiff(ish) tails longitudinally and will happily carve up the front side of the hill. Other skis have a softer flex and are more tailored for off piste conditions. From your perspective it's just a matter of sorting out what's what, and you're talking to the right crowd to help you on that front.
I think you're looking in the right area (MX88, Elan 888 etc.) but I certainly wouldn't ignore the 90+ width range. As ever the best way to ensure you love your new skis is to take the time to demo, and you're already on that programme.
FYI, Elan's 888 evolved into the Apex in subsequent years. A 186cm 888 or Apex would be a great option, although the MX88 would be my pick. The longest MX88 (188cm) regularly comes up for sale in great second hand condition. In fact there was one in the 'for sale' threads last time I looked. [edit - just checked and the MX88s have been sold]
Good luck, and have a great season.
Edited by sinbad7 - 12/21/12 at 4:17pm