I'm thinking about expanding my quiver of one for next year.
I skied my pair of the 2012 Blizzard Cochise 185 all 30 days at Mt. Baker this year. I'm 6' and 150 pounds, and feel reasonably comfortable labeling myself as an advanced skier. I absolutely love the ski, and have been consistently impressed at its performance in all of the funky snow conditions Baker has thrown at me, and I've moved from getting my scrawny self pushed around and lacerated (I actually fell, lost a ski, and slid over it, somehow cutting through my glove and into my hand, requiring 23 stitches) by the ungodly-sharp factory edge into something that I feel vaguely approximates actually letting the ski work its magic.
However, I have identified a few areas where I feel that a second ski could be a bunch of fun. I want it to be the most functional in the few areas where I think the Cochise could be improved upon - moguls, trees without much fresh snow, spin tricks, and groomers. This seems to me like a twintip ski, probably somewhere between 85 and 95 underfoot, and probably
between 175 and 180 in length would answer what I want the best.
I am looking for something that will allow me to learn some tricks, as I haven't felt comfortable trying to learn 180s on my Cochise as they are pretty heavy and only have tail rocker. Additionally, I enjoy the Cochise on moguls, trees and groomers but I would like a narrower ski with some better performance because of that in those conditions. I don't need it to have the lack of a speed limit in all conditions that the Cochise does or the raw carving ability of a slalom ski, but if it can arc some nice snappy carves on the groomed, and be faster to turn in the trees and moguls, I'll be quite happy.
However, I don't exactly have much of a budget for these skis as I'm a relatively poor college student. I was looking at some 2013 Dynastar 6th Sense Distorters in a 179 which seem to fit what I need pretty well for $250 new. If anyone has any other ski recommendations or commentary on the Distorters, that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.