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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 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.

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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. 

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