I am about to launch my ski collection with my first non-beginner ski purchase, and would like some input regarding skis that can truly carve on the groomers, and yet can be used off-piste on snow days to float, a bit, in powder and navigate the afternoon chopped up crud. I have recently been skiing my buddy's K2 Extremes, and they worked very nicely in knee to waist deep pow a few weeks ago, and mediocre on the groomers last week once they softened up. Unfortunately, they are not a great tool for carving. Many people claim that all-mountain skis like the Bonafide, Prophet 98, and Cham 97 rail on the groomers, but I think they really mean, "oh sure, they will work on groomers."
Suggestions would be greatly appreciated since they are great deals everywhere now.
Me: 43 year old male, 195 pounds, 6 feet tall
Ability: Intermediate to advanced, comfortable on any groomed conditions, good in powder, bit intimidated in trees, moguls very challenging.
Days skied: 24 days last year, 20 this year, almost exclusively at Crystal Mountain Washington.
Skis owned: Salomon X-Wing 700s These are starting to feel torsionally unstable, meaning that I get thrown around in crud and soft, sunny slush.
Skis tried: Cham 97 (very stable, side to side good, but definitely not carvy), and Prophet 98 (nice in powder and crud, more carvy than Cham, but still quite large).
Skis considering: K2 Aftershock and Rictor, Atomic Blackeye TI, Crimson TI, and Savage TI, Blizzard Magnum 8.5 Ti, Brahma, Head Rev 85 Pro, Dynastar Cham 87, and Rosi E88. Would love to try Kastles and Stocklis, but no place to demo nearby.