I'd consider myself an advanced skier. I'm 44, 190 lbs., and have skied for about 35 years. I'll ski almost anything - steeps, chutes, double black bump runs, groomed, back country, etc., with varying degrees of success. By that I mean, that it isn't always a thing of beauty, but I survive and have fun. I ski mostly Vail - about 30% steep, groomed and 70% back bowls.
I also alternate between quick turns from the days of my youth, and more carved, GS-like turns. My current skis are Dynastar Sultan 85s which have served me pretty well. But a few deep powder days in Vail's Blue Sky Basin last season had me wishing I had something wider underfoot with more float.
I've looked at Brahmas and Kendos, but the difference between those and my Sultans, in terms of width, seems pretty negligible. I figure if I'm going to get new skis, I should probably move to at least 98mm. Aside from the Bonafides, what else should I consider?
I'll be in Vail in February and would like to have a list of 3-4 skis I can demo before making a decision.
Thanks in advance!