I'm an advanced, level 8 skiier, 37 years old, 5'9", 183lbs. I always ski in the west, usually Salt Lake City, Tahoe, Colorado, California. I try to get in about 30-40 days per season and prefer moguls, tree runs, powder, steeps, & side-country. I don't really care about speed at all and only take groomers if I have to. Not really into the park or tricks but do like hucking small rocks and cliffs. I really prefer short, linked turns, not really into deep carving or long GS turns and I like playful skis. I also like to ski first chair through last chair so I don't want skis so super stiff that I'm completely gassed before noon.
I'm trying to find a one-quiver ski to use every day except super deep powder days, I'll rent a pair for those few & far between days. Otherwise want something to really enjoy all over.
I'm on a really short pair of Salomon 2012's right now, 163's, and I'm really overpowering them. They are great skis most of the time but any crud or powder and they just sink. I love the turn radius though and hope to find something with similar turn radius but longer, more stable, and much better in crud & powder.
Any suggestions on which skis to try demoing and what size? I'm thinking between 170-180, just not sure which number to be closer to.