I am late 30's, 6'4", 190lbs advanced skier, my skiing style is self taught and no doubt has some technical flaws but I comfortably manage to get around the whole mountain, probably 35% groomers 65% off piste, I prefer medium length turns and don't mind putting in a bit if effort to get something out of the ski but wouldn't say I was an aggressive skier. I also have 3 children learning to ski so need something reasonably nimble when hanging out with them.
Typically in NZ we don't get deep powder, 5 - 10" is a great day and it is usually quite heavy so most of our skiing is wind packed/crud that softens up during the day.
From what I have been reading this category really narrows down to the Bonafide, Mantra or Prophet, I appreciate there are others but they generally aren't readily available in NZ. There is the Experience 98 also but I skied the 88 last year and didn't really enjoy it so that puts me off the 98, maybe a little presumptuous.
Not many people ski this width out hear yet so it is difficult to find some to demo which I usually do before buying so would really appreciate some thoughts on the various options.
Edited by mjl747 - 4/27/13 at 1:00pm