Conditions: untracked. Tight trees, moderate 30-35 degree pitch. 10" of blower on top of a heavier layer, but you could feel the break between layers. I was the only one breaking "through" the snow, primarily because of my technique (see below) and my size/weight.
Skier type: good, not great. You know the drill. Better than I used to be though because I'm in better shape. 5' 10", 230lbs. More of a "charger" than a finesse skier. Trained as an instructor, and more of a "keep your skis" on the snow than a hucker. I like to ski relatively fast. I say I'm good and not great because in my opinion there are some REALLY good skiers out there, and I don't hold their jock strap.
Edit: From the Start Haus' SierraJim: "You downplay your ability a little too much. You are a "technical" skier that tends to "slice" terrain rather than "smear" it. Given the technical background that is just part of your skiing, no surprise that you like much of the Stockli stuff. That is not a company that builds skis for geeks."
On to the Skis: For a 115, nice flotation, but not crazy. They still give traditional feedback and sensations, which to me is mandatory in a ski.
I am not sure where the mount point on the demos I skied are, but I felt like maybe they were a little tip long? Once centered, they were very fast edge to edge. However, I feel in the 195 they were a bit much--I would ski them in the 185.
They skied "light", they were bouncy and floaty--super fun skis, I think in the right size they were perfect skis for my skier type and ability. They like to be "skied", not "surfed" which I appreciated, based on my training and history in skiing.
There is bounce, pop, playfulness, and fun. At 90% of my top speed (which is pretty fast) I never felt that they weren't under me or I wasn't able to turn them in and out of "tight" spots.
Could I scrub/smear them? Absolutely, with the twin rocker they weren't locked in. But could I "carve" the untracked? You bet.
How did they handle variable conditions? Remember, this is relative, as no one in my group thought the snow was anything less than perfect/bottomless. To me, it was typical sierra pow...you better be ready fore/aft. The stocklis were there for me at every moment. Stable and centered, albeit again, a BIT tip long. (Note that I am VERY sensitive to equipment setup however....at best. At worst I've been told I'm "fickle". Ha!)
Are they "the best" powder skis I have ever ridden? You bet. Am I buying them? Yes, in a 185, however.
Who am I buying them from? Unequivocally, without a doubt, the Start Haus in Truckee, CA. this is the best shop with the best staff in the country. And, my money is where my mouth is...the crew there always makes me feel like I'm getting my money's worth--even at full retail on LARGE purchases, which I have paid on two such occasions this year outside the super sale...
Edit: who will dig these skis? More traditional skiers, looking for a "big" ski that will ski traditionally and yet still float and ski powder and bigger lines well...but in the traditional form. If you watch the latest Sally video with scot Schmidt, you can see these things actually rail groomers as well. Who will NOT like this ski? Those who tend to ski in the more "splay" style, who are super steezy and ski switch whenever possible, the typical hucker type, or those with thin billfolds. They are BANK.
Edited by Jed Peters - 4/2/14 at 8:57pm