Otherwise know as: desperate plea for advise. I thought I knew what I was doing when I traded my couple year old Gotamas for a pair of Cochises, turns out, not so much. Less rocker and added metal left me, an, arguably, advancing intermediate skier, hurting on the "low" snow and tight terrain of Snowbird and Alta last weekend. I got by okay on groomed to slightly cut up, but bumps and tighter terrain were killing me. Please recommend something that will help me improve my game at big mountain resorts, ESPECIALLY with regard to the time between storms and with regard to bumps and tighter terrain. This is to say less priority on groomers and open bowls. Think Gad Valley or the trees off of Wildcat, or under Thunder or Sublette in Jackson Hole. You get the idea. Having said all this, I realize the role of technique and I hereby promise to continue to seek out professional advise on getting better. As a matter of fact, I'm going to JH for steep and deep camp next month. Just give me a little something to help me bridge the gap.
Me- 43 (male), 5'10, 175, reasonably athletic (not couch potato). Skiing for 6 years, getting to be okay with a lot of money spent on trips and lessons.
Skis (for this context): the Gotamas were 186 and worked, I think, because of flex and rocker. The Cochises are 185 and a handful due to less rocker and metal. I briefly demoed the Rossignol S3 (178) which I liked a lot in the tight stuff, less on groomers (as would be expected, I suppose) and the Atomic Alibi (173) which I liked on groomers and could probably grow into on the off trail, it's a stiffer ski with less rocker.
What should I be looking for in a ski that fits these parameters? Any other suggestions, or will the S3 do the trick?