Having searched through various threads, I have taken the bold/foolish step of starting a new thread. Thanks in advance for thoughts/advice!
Current skis: Atomic GS 9 (180cm); Fischer Watea 94s (approx. 177cm)
Live in Colorado
Ski Areas: Breck, Keystone, Arapahoe, Vail, Beaver Creek
Number of days annually: 20
I spend a lot of time on the front side, skiing black and blue groomers (many times with my daughter). I use the Atomics for this duty. The Wateas are great for soft snow/crud (e.g. Vail Back Bowls). But, last few years have found I'm using the Atomics over 80% of the time.
My tuner tells me that the Atomics are getting close to the end of their life, so need to start finding replacement. I love the GS9s; have skied over 250 days with them since buying them in 2000 or 2001 (!!) while living in Europe. I want to find a ski that can provide the same stability at speed while also being soft enough to handle shorter turns when needed. The GS9s at 180cm have a radius of 17m.
Local shops (Boulder) just don't have anything that is even close spec-wise to the Atomics. Emphasis around here is on all-mountain skis (with good reason). But, I really want to have a ski that is almost telepathic in its ability to sense a turn and allow me to ski a mix of black and blue groomers with speed and stability. That's what my GS9s do for me. I am skeptical about carvers that have 80+ mm waists since the GS9 has a 65mm waist. But am hoping to keep an open mind. Am old enough that i don't go diving into the bumps or trees unless conditions are great for it (and then I use my Wateas). Since snow has been thin for most of the last few years, have been mainly on Atomics.
No sense me being on FIS GS skis; those are too stiff for my use. Are there good non-WC/FIS GS skis out there, or has technology moved us past those and into the wider-waisted carvers? My Wateas with a 94mm waist are a fun ski, but I don't like them on steeper groomers.
Will provide any other info as needed; appreciate the thoughts!!