I've been lurking around the site for a while and now find myself in a position where I need your help!
I have not updated my gear in about 10 years! Partly because I try to take care of my equipment and partially because I don't get to ski as much as I used to due to my job. The skis I'm currently on... K2 Mach S from 2002 I believe. They have served me extremely well for the skier I was for the majority of their use. But I've started to explore a bit more.
When I bought the skis, I was a full-on carver on the groomers. Loved cutting hard into the snow with short turns and zipperlining under the lifts. I still thoroughly enjoy this, but spend probably about 50-60% of my time on that kind of skiing. I started exploring the trees at some point and getting more involved with the bumps and, if you've skied the Mach S, you'll know that they don't do very well in the glades. I ski primarily in the North East. I'm from Toronto and often head to Quebec (Tremblant, Mont Ste. Anne) and am exploring Vermont soon (Jay Peak, Killington).
I'm not looking for a GS style ski. I still prefer the short turns and zipperlines at medium to high speed, with some glade and bump play mixed in. I ski nights sometimes so when the surface gets hard, the Machs, IMO, aren't the greatest b/c they were designed to be skied shorter than a typical ski, so they don't do much for confidence in those conditions.
I know this is asking a lot of a one-ski quiver, but from the crazy amount of reading I've done, it seems like the Nordica Hell&Back would do the trick really nicely. The Volkl Mantra's seem like they are too aggressive and speedy for my needs. I've also looked at the Atomic Theory and they sound like a great ski but seem to be geared towards a more intermediate skier. So I am a tad stuck.
Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated!
Edit: forgot to mention!... I'm 6'3 and my weight fluctuates between 185-190lbs.