Two weekends ago I skied a 2006 Stockli Laser Cross in a 170cm at Keystone, and I am still amazed with this ski. It was blue skies with scratchy man made groom. I have never had a ski carve this superbly, and under these conditions. Strong, fast and love to carve with no slipping in transition from the crud to the ice down River Run. The way they bend feels like a cross-bow...very progressive and load up with power.
About me. I am 5'9", 150lb aggressive and level 8-9, technically very good. Ski 20-30 times a year mostly in Colorado. I currently have the Stockli's Laser Cross, 2012 Dynastar Legend 94 in a 178cm, and Head i.peak 78 in a 177cm.
I am looking for another Stockli to fill the gap between the Stockli Laser Cross and the Head i.peak 78. The Stocklis are great medium-to-short turn carvers, a bunch of fun, and easy in the moguls, however at 67M they are too narrow for any amount of snow, and too short to let them run flat out.
Conversely the Head i.peaks are a great top-to-bottom flyers in groom, and just as good in 4-6 inches of fresh snow and crud. However with their stiff tails they are a lot of work staying forward and centered, not as playful, and at 150lb they are a handful in the moguls. That leads me to something in between. I am thinking a 174cm Stockli in 78-82M. The Stormrider XXL, Stormrider 78, Rotor?. A ski that is mostly front side, but with no concerns dropping in off the back.
I truly appreciate any and all advice and recommendations.