Hi all. New to the forums (first post!), but have been lurking for awhile. I'm in the market to purchase a new pair of all-mountain one-quiver skis. I've been out ~10 times this year so far and have a two-day trip to Alta/Snowbird lined up in a few weeks. I try to get out 8-12 times / year mostly at resorts in the west (CO, UT, CA, B.C. & AB) since I live in Los Angeles. I never ski backcountry and am almost always on-piste. I enjoy skiing hard at high speeds and holding my edges in big turns on the groomers. I'm not a finesse skier....more of a hard charger. I've traditionally been a blue/black steep groomer skier at high speed, but this year I've been trying to get better and ski more chutes, powder, bowls, crud and challenging runs. In the past I've always rented (usually carvers) on vacations, but I'd like to purchase a pair given the increase in trips and ski days I'm now anticipating. I am looking for a ski that will help aid me in my development, exploration and (hopeful) transition to a more expert-level skier over the next few years. I also want something I can take out in powder or messy conditions. It doesn't have to excel here, but just needs to be passable. I'll still probably ski steep groomers 60-70% of the time, but I want something that will be okay the other 30-40% of the time I am skiing more challenging terrain. I tend to enjoy longer skis (~184) when I ride. I am an athletic 6'4, ~200 lbs and would consider myself to be an advanced skier. I've tried a number of different skis so far this year and plan to continue in Utah, but I want to make sure I've targeted 2-4 skis beforehand so I can track them down, as I only have 2 days to ride. I anticipate buying sometime between the end of this season and before next season.
I was at Mammoth 2 weeks ago and had a chance to try the Salomon BBR 10 184's. I really liked these a lot...so much so that I am considering buying them. I just want to try a few more pairs I've been researching before making the purchase. I loved the BBR's ability to cut through crud, hold an edge on ice and carve on the groomers. Maybe the only thing I didn't like so much was they tended to get jittery on the tips at really high speeds.
So, with all that said I need some suggestions or help deciding on which skis I should try to track down to demo in a few weeks. Here is a list I've started to put together. Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated!
1) Kastle MX 88 - really excited to try these. Given everything I've read, they sound like a great fit for my skiing style. Found them at a shop only in 188cm, but I think this length should be fine for me.
2) Kastle FX104 - these are interesting as well. I'd like to compare them to the MX 88....more versatile in powder / crud but also a beast on the groomers?
3) Volkl Mantra
4) Blizzard Bonafide
5) Kastle BMX 98 - from what I can gather reading, these may be too light/flexible for my style.
6) Rossignol Experience 98
Edited by ShredderPow - 2/1/13 at 5:21pm