I am 45, 6' and 190lbs, intermediate skier, typically at Sugarbowl or other North Tahoe. My main skis are Head Rev 80 Pro which are absolutely awesome on firm, clean snow. Despite the tail rocker, they are very catchy on tracked up snow. I need a ski for tracked out snow, crud, and other variable conditions, as well as light to moderate powder. I am not going into the trees, chutes, back country, etc. I prefer to cruise and/or slash rather than fight my way down the mountain. What I really, really want more than anything else is to be able to ski crappy, variable snow, with the highest degree of stability possible. But I also prefer short, snappy turns to GS turns. Or maybe it is the Rev80 that is dictating that and I would feel otherwise on one of these? I ski with my 9yr old and 5 yr old sometimes, so I would like to be able to smear turns a little, or kick a sideways skid-stop when necessary so I can look uphill at what they are doing or slow down to stay above them.
I've done a lot of research, and I am leaning toward the Vagabond or Hell and Back, which basically seem to be about the same ski in 107mm or 98mm. Its clear these are great crud skis, and decent in powder. I am a little worried about the long turning radii and my ability to push them around and force them to do things other than long GS turns. The Rev80 (once they taught me that they want me to boss them around) I can literally make to do anything and take any line I want. Perhaps I am spoiled and need to give that up? Or maybe these nordicas will also insist I push them around?
I am interested in all your feedback about these skis and what I am looking for, as well as possible alternatives, as not spending a ton of money is also a priority. Thanks for your thoughts!