Wanted to get some of the great advice I read on here all the time...
I'm looking to round out my quiver for next year and take advantage of some season-ending deals.
Me: 6'2", 190ish. Fairly aggresive, advanced intermediate. Ski mainly in the NE (mostly NY with a few trips to Vermont) and as such, mainly groomers but like to ski bumps and also like to venture into the trees when available. I also will be taking my first out West trip next year and hopefully those trips will be annual.
I own the Fischer Progressor 900's that I use on really icy days and the Line Prophet 98's for almost everything else. I found the Line P98's to be a great ski for me. They actually made me a decent bump skier and helped me in the trees. I find I can carve them well when I need to but can't help but think that 98's are just too wide for an everyday ski for me.
I am looking for something that is a bit quicker edge to edge than the 98's (though I don't think they are that bad at all) and will work in the bumps and when most of the mountain is not bulletproof ice. I guess I want to fill the gap between the 900's and 98's and use the ski as my daily driver.
I thought that maybe picking up a pair of Prophet 90's or maybe even the new Prophet 85's (these are not the Prophet Flights) might fill that gap as they are all the same ski with just narrower waists. What confuses me is that the narrower the waist, the larger the turn radius of each ski, i.e., the radius of the 90 is > 98 and the radius of the 85 is > 90. I'm wondering if the 90 or 98 will not be as nimble as the 98 despite having a narrower waist.
Also, is this superflous? Would the 90 or even the 85 be too much of an overlap with the 98? Perhaps the two ski quiver I have now will suffice?
Essentially, the 90 or 85 would be my daily ski for groomers and that I can take into the bumps and the 98 would be my bigger mountain (Killington and out West) ski for more off-piste skiing and for when there is a good amount of fresh snow. Of course, the 900's will come out on boilerplate days but I don't like skiing them on anything but groomed runs.
Thanks in advance for your input.