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Confidence-inspiring resort powder ski - what to choose?

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Dear Collective Wisdom,

 

I am looking to get a new pair of skis this season to accompany my K2 Rictors that I'm very satisfied with for groomed runs.

 

Will spend quite a bit of time skiing in Japan (Hokkaido) the next seasons and I'm determined to do more off-piste.

 

Allthough I've skied many years (advanced-level), I've never really explored the off piste much - so was hoping for a ski that would inspire confidence and could "do it all", but with an emphasis on deeper snow.

 

My question is what ski to choose?

 

I have sofar been thinking of and looking at the Dps Wailer112 (or Wailer99), Black Crows Corvus and Whitedot Preacher or Ranger. These skis really appeal to me aesthetically, but I'm pretty open to other brands too. 

 

Also, I only weigh 146pounds/ 66 kilos  (without gear) so any recommendation on length would also be greatly appreciated.

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Wailer 112 gets my highest recommendation. It's a quality ski that nails the powder and is quite good in the chopped up snow. W99 is considerably worse and I would pick the 112 over the 99 any time. I'm not familiar with the other models. I own the W112 and so far I have not seen anything that tempted me to switch.
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You need to decide if you want a true powder ski--full rocker, pretty soft, and 110 + or ++, or something in the 100-110 range with tip and maybe tail rocker and camber underfoot, which will be more versatile but not as good in the really deep stuff. I tend to favor the latter because I haven't found many days inbounds where I was skiing fresh powder all day. I haven't skied enough different skis to recommend one over another.  

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