Where?: Ski in Tahoe, mostly Squaw, Alpine, Sierra and Kirkwood.
Terrain: This season I learned to love trees, crud, and soft bumps. I also enjoy ripping medium-steep groomers. Powder days are awesome, but I don't feel the need to own a dedicated powder ski at this point.
Days: I have probably skied 30-40 days per year for the last 4 years, but very little before that.
Level: I am probably a solid intermediate/early advanced skier. I am confident and can control my speed on nearly all groomed runs, barring super icy steeps. I am decent in softer bumps, and can pick my way through loosely packed glades on steepish terrain. I am okay in the powder, but haven't tried a rockered pow ski to see if that will improve my technique there. I haven't done any park stuff, and don't have huge interest there. I do enjoy popping off the occasional feature, but it's not a focus.
Size: 5'8", 185 lbs
I have 3 pairs of skis at the moment: A 2009 Volkl AC30, 170cm, a 2010 Volkl Katana, 183cm, and a 2013 Volkl Kendo, 177cm. I have enjoyed all these skis, with a caveat--I was about 80 lbs heavier when I enjoyed the Katana. I tried it this last season and it was a bit too much ski for me. I'm looking to replace it with something a bit more easy-going, without as much of a big-mountain charger attitude.
Skis I've seen discussed that interested me:
Rossignol Soul 7
Blizzard Cochise (might be too similar to my old Katana, but the different rocker profile is interesting.)
Nordica El Capo (again, maybe too beefy)
Line Sir Francis Bacon
I could use some advice! Thanks in advance.