I'm a advanced (PSIA level 8/9 skier with PSIA level 1 cert) skier looking for a replacement for my MX78's. I'm 5'11" and 185 pounds. I want the ski for Colorado skiing on-piste and in hasn't snowed in a while conditions. I ski 50-75 days a year and expect to use this ski 25-50 days per season. Other skis I own are the old MX98 (with a flat tail), the BMX 128 (good only backcountry -- I used them in Kashmir last year), and the ski being replaced, a MX78 in 176.
I'm torn between the MX78 and a MX83. My coach thinks I should go for the LX82, but when I skied his, I thought it a bit soft. Of course, I do like the softness of the MX98...
My previous skis were a Volkl Mantra (loved that ski), as well as the Volkl AC4 and AC40. I grew to hate the AC40 as I lost 50 lbs.
My preferred turn shape is now a short to medium radius turn, and I want the ski for groomers, bumps, trees, etc. General all-mountain ripping is 6" or less. I am strongly disposed to another Kastle. I've tried a bunch of skis, including the Brahma, RTM, Experience 83, etc. The only ski I kinda liked enough to consider buying was a Steadfast, but that overlaps with my current MX98. So, what'd you all recommend, and in what length?