I need some advice picking out skis.
In a nutshell: I have been skiing for two years and am exploring some new options for skis as I think I need a softer ski. I currently have a pair of Rossi Evo Tours and Karhu XCD Pinnacles. The Pinnacles are mounted with an NNN-BC binding. As for boots I have the Rossi X5 women's and the Rossi BCX3 Saphir for the Karhu's. (Unfortunately those boots cause me a bit of pain.) Gear I used two seasons ago: Fischer Spiders and Atomic's XCruise 55 Alea G2 Synchro.
I'm looking for stability and control, especially in hardpack or icy conditions and while going downhill or on narrow trails. I also need something with better grip. On frozen granular, I have no grip whatsoever with the Karhus, I slide backwards even on flat sections of trail. An instructor noticed (while I was on the Alea's) that "Your skis are too stiff for you!" The Karhu's and Evo's are definitely better than the Alea's, but still I think I could find a softer ski or one better suited to my needs--control is important for me, since I'm at risk for a spine fracture, so no bad spills on ice or hard packed snow for me. The Karhus seem to "fish out" and not track straight on hardpack and I feel like I'm all over the place. The Evos are okay, but I don't feel safe going downhill without a metal edge, probably because my first skis ever were the Fischer Spiders.
The problem is I'm extremely lightweight (~95 lbs) and petite (5'1".) And I don't ski with any heavy gear to give me some weight. I ski mainly nature preserves (the kind with narrow trails and a pond/cliff on one side and trees on the other), the backyard, and the occasional trip to a groomed trail like Lapland Lake or Pine Ridge in Eastern NY, which I consider a bit hilly. I'll sacrifice speed for control any day: I need something I can manuever easily. In fact, I'd actually go slower if I could when it comes to downhill. It does melt and refreeze here quite a bit, too.
I've been eying the Madshus Voss MGV+, which is a traditional-length 3/4 metal edge ski with a sidecut of 60/50/55. I thought I heard somewhere that a full metal edge can make tracking less stable, but I'm not sure if that's true. I wish I could slap a metal edge on my Evo's (which have an identical sidecut.) I've heard some good things about the Voss, but I don't know if it would be the right ski for me. I'm also unsure as to whether I should go with a BC binding or touring. Since I have both style boots, both could be an option. The BC boots I have are a bit uncomfortable (they hurt my heels for some odd reason) and I like the flexibility of the touring boots, so I'm leaning in that direction, but I don't want to give up too much control. (Or would a BC boot be too much for the Voss?) I've heard of people undersizing traditional skis in order to have a softer ski, with the added benefit of shorter length = more manuverability. I've also thought about looking into just buying junior skis. Positive grip patterns work better for me than negative ones (Fischers were impossible to get any grip on.) I believe the Voss has a positive pattern, but I'm not entirely sure. The downside is they're a bit pricey, but I could make it work. I was thinking getting them in the smallest size, the 160, which is sized for "under 100lbs." (But so is the 170, so a bit of a tossup there.)
Anyway, thanks for listening. Any advice or insight, or another brand of ski you could recommend would be great.