I have moved back to skiing after snowboarding for ever. i have no love for snowboard boots/bindings anymore. I ski raced in HS and can rip groomers like no tomorrow. I can ski fresh powder quite well but day after and trees are my problem. Currently i have fischer progressors for icy days, fischer cold heat for softer days ( mainly got these cheap) then i wanted a touring set up that could do most things well. so i was directed toward volkl mantra in a 191. i am big and powerful. 6' 230. On groomers these are a real fun big radius carver, in untracked they charged and floated quite well. liked them. but in day after bumpy conditions they were unbareable. i had the worst time ever on skiis. what i did not like is they were so hooked up and never fun or slidable. i felt they were way too long and the tail felt like it was too stiff and long. i then did a day touring with them and had a great day they seemed very goo for this purpose. I sure my problem is that i went with a racier type ski. I mainly ski magic, jay and would like to go to mad river more. i want a ski that will excel in the woods of these three places. I have technica cochise 130 pro boots and marker barons. after so much research and review reading my head is spinning. skis i am interested in are line opus, line sir bacon, volkl gotama, and possibly icelantic shamen. What i am looking for is a somewhat loose, playful, fun and forgiving ski that can turn quick in the tight trees. Something like the feel i had when snowboarding. my last boards have been never summer with rocker camber and loved them so much. thank you for all of your advice.
i need good advice on a vt soft snow ski that is fun in the trees and fun in soft bumps etc
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I am about your size and found that gotamas do well in trees and soft snow, they are rockered and you can easy initiate quick turns. Now, I also found that in deep heavy snow they don't float as well as I wanted them. I personally ski a narrow ski for groom, gotamas for everything between 3 in and 12, and planning on getting a wide ski (130 under the foo ) for the deep days.