Here's my basic stats:
Weight fluxuates between 168-175.
Height: shade undo 6 feet.
Years skied 24
Days skied: 34 this year (27 at Jackson Hole, 7 divided between Alta, Snowbird, Park City and Deer Valley)
Current Skis: 167 Hart F17 Classic skis (64 mm underfoot), 176 Fischer Lunar moguls skis prior to that, and 186 Atomic Betacarve 7.26 before that.
Terrain Preferences: Steeps and chutes, with bumps, generally. Trees are also fun sometimes. Once in a while I'll just go unreasonably fast on groomers. To give you an idea of what I like to ski, here's a list (in no particular order) of my favorite terrain at Jackson- Tower 3 Chute, Casper Bowl, Rendevous, Expert Chutes, Alta Chutes, Moran Woods, Saratoga Bowl, Bird in the Hand, Hobacks (basically everything- this mountain is amazing).
Skiing style: Aggressive, ski down the fall line. Usually (when terrain permits) go at high speeds. In bumps (my strong suit) I ski the zipper line-- bounce of the sides of each bump with my shoulders down the hill. In open terrain I arc big gs turns.
As you might have guessed, my 64mm toothpicks are just not really reasonable in Jackson pow. I'm looking for a ski that floats in the deep stuff, yet still is quick enough in the bumps. A couple of candidates that I've assembled after looking at the all the reviews and comments on these forums: Line Prophet 98, Blizzard Bonafide, Blizzard Kabookie, Nordica Hell and Back. I recently demoed the bonafide and thought it was a pretty sweet ski- really easy to smear around in tight places. Dawgcatching seems to think there are better skis for handling bumps and trees, given the bonafides stiffness and weight. Others on this site and others have said that the bonafide has a hard snow bias. I thought it was pretty good in the bumps, trees and pow, but I haven't tested many skis and therefore have little to compare it to. Maybe there are all kinds of 98mm skis out there I'd like better. I notice that Dawgcatching opines that the ski is too stiff for him at 155 lbs but Phil seems to love it at 190 lbs. Being in the middle of that range at 170-175, and with a preference for bump, crud and pow performance over hard packed groomer performance, perhaps some of the other lighter, non-metal skis might be better? Or is the 15 pounds I have on Dawgcatching enough to make the difference, and the bonafide is, after all the best ski for me? Hard to say. Have not tested hardly any other skis in the 98mm range, except for the Kastle BMX 98, which I skied on a day with such shitty conditions as to invalidate the test. Plus $1000 is a lot for a pair of skis. I did test the Gotamas and Katanas by Volkl on new snow days and liked both of them. Probably fatter than I need my skis to be though.
So anyway-- best 98mm ski for ripping GS turns down the Casper Bowl, zipperlining the bumps in Laramie bowl, and ripping First Alta Chute, when its deep and when its not?
Great responses (Dawgcatching I'm looking at you) will be rewarded with haiku poems in the author's honor.