I'm 5'5, 117lbs, level 9 skier with very strong technique (a lot of racing). I usually ski a race-stock Head GS ski from 2006 but it's time to move on to something with a little more range, as I'm out of the gates now and just freeskiing with my family.
I'm looking for something that will be new my new everyday ski, and be the only ski I take on ski trips. It will be skied 100% on lift-serviced resort terrain. Home mountain is Bogus Basin, we also go to Sun Valley and Tamarack. Probably ski 10 to 20 days a year on average. The snow around here is usually pretty good but occasionally we get hardpack. Early season at Sun Valley I've seen real ice (I grew up back east, I know real ice when I see it!)
The most important thing for this ski is for it to be able to hold up and be stable at speed so I can rip turns in the GS to SG radius range. I don't want to miss my racers too much.
The second most important thing for this ski is for it to NOT feel like my racers when I'm off the groomers.
Since these would be the only skis I take on a trip, it's possible I'll have to ski them in powder and they should be serviceable in that regard, but other than that I don't really care that much about powder. I have an old set of K2 Baker's from 2007 that do nicely when I know it's a powder day.
I've been reading a lot about the Volkl Mantras and they seem like they could be a good fit. I'm a little concerned about the 98cm waist being too wide, and I'm also having some trouble figuring out an ideal length.
I'm looking forward to hearing some ideas from you guys. Demoing skis can get expensive so I want to see if I can narrow it down before I start trying stuff out.