I am an advanced intermediate male skier. 6'1", 245 pounds, 51yo. Current skis: Atomic Beta Ride 9.22, 186 cm (I think they are 72mm width). I'm a former eastern skier who lives in Colorado, so I ski mainly Colorado ski areas and sometimes in PNW at Bachelor or sometimes at ski areas around Portland (Timberline or Mount Hood Meadows) as I have family there.
I tend to ski the groomers with my kids, who are advancing to intermediate trails, but when I get a chance, I like to try to ski more challenging terrain. Since we had a very good season this year and very good late season last year in Colorado, I was able to try skiing some powder and even though my Atomics are narrow all mountain skis, I found they weren't bad in say 12 inch deep powder as long as I kept the tips up (so I had to ride the tails a bit). But now I'd like a new all quiver ski. I want to be able to ski deeper powder when we get it, but I would also like to be able to ski the groomers and crud, too. Not all that interested in learning to ski the bumps. I would like a wide ski with as short a turn radius as I can find, so before I demo anything, I'd like to narrow it down to say 3 skis with early rise tip and/or tail. I'd also like to cut the length down to about 180 cm, but would be open to longer if the ski feels shorter. Here's what I've been thinking about so far:
Rossignol Experience 98, Blizzard Bonafide, Rossignol Experience 100 (since it is so new, it will be expensive), Rossignol Sin 7 (I heard this one has the shortest turn radius in this group).
Opinions on this small list? Any other ski I should consider?
Edited by neustkg - 4/29/14 at 4:33pm