Looking for some advice on what to demo, and since I'm on the east coast I'll throw a few out to make sure I might be able to find one of them.
For starters, I'm 6'3" 185 lbs, and ski K2 Apache Raiders... I really like how easy they are to ski, I feel like I start to overpower them at high speeds but the turns are really easy. I am an intermediate skier, working on carving and handling steeper terrain. On the east, I can handle most expert slopes, but do need to work on handling them quicker. I recently updated my boots and started to talk skis. The bootfitter suggested all options that were over 80mm in waist, and said that even on hard pack the newer skis can carve just fine. The added waist will handle chopped up snow he also said, something that the K2's softness seem to accomplish too I demo'd some blizzard Magnum 8.1's, and just pretty much got overpowered by the ski. Turns were hard, and steep terrain was frightening. With that in mind, I know its technique, but I only ski so many days per year so I definitely want a friendly ski
Of my possible suggestions I was hoping you guys could weigh in on what be the best, and then I hope I can find them when I am skiing Wisp next weekend. Since demos are hard to come by, I'm gonna cast a wide net and see what is recommended.
Dynastar CHam 87
Of those skis which would you think would be friendly, but stiffer than my Raiders which through research are pretty entry level. I was wary of the wide waist, but the shop is assuring me that on edge they grip better than my old K2's. He insists I will even find new versatility.