I am 5'8", approximately 170lbs and an advanced skier. I enjoy skiing powder, trees, ocassional steeps and cruising groomers on sunny days or when my legs are tired. I am not that proficient in moguls. I generally do not ski fast. I am more of a finesses skier that takes pride in carving relatively short radius turns, but sometimes love to lean into long GS turns conditions permitting. I generally ski on the East Coast about 10 days a year and make one or two trips out West a year. These skis will be primarily for the East Coast and will replace my 10-11 year old 170cm Atomic 1020s. I just returned from a long weekend in Vail and thought my response to the 4 different skis I tried may help you help me!
Day 1: About 12"-15" of fresh powder. Demoed Rossi E98 in a 170. Frankly, I think I would have enjoyed myself regardless of what was strapped to my boots, but while I had fun, I thought these were a bit stiff when I tried linking turns at the end of the day.
Day 2: Sunny and warm. Demoed Icelantic Pilgrims in about 170cm. Again, these seemed fine in leftover powder and crud, but I had a hard time linking turns in these later in the day. Perhaps I was tired or just not used to getting wider skis on edge.
Day 3: A little crusty and hard packed in places, but still some crud and soft groomers. Started with Salomon Enduro 800 in 175cm. These worked well on groomers, but were too long in tighter spaces. Wish I could have skied them in a 170cm. Next I skied a K2 Rictor in 170cm. These seemed almost too smooth, but I did enjoy my time on them. Perhaps they are more forgiving and maybe that's what I like?
The Salomon Enduro 800/850 or K2 Rictors seem like they might check a number of boxes, but as you now know, I haven't bought or followed ski development in quite some time.
I think I would like a ski with a <85mm waist that can carve shorter radius turns at slower speeds, handle East Coast hard pack/ice, but would like to be able to use them on the ocassional East Coast powder day or out West in less than optimal conditions or a 6" powder day.
I may be asking too much, but appreciate your thoughts in advance.