Originally Posted by EJLBQ2
I agree if I was skiing only powder at my weight I would need a wider ski, but I was trying to find a ski that would perform well enough that I could still have a good time on the groomers if I cant find the powder or in-between tree runs. All the while still enhancing my experience when I happen to get lucky and run into that powder run of my dreams. It is hard to find the middle ground.
Ah, you don't have the Salomon's yet ... missed that. My overall advice would be that you want to be on the narrowest ski that still works for you in the trees. As to how to find that, I've cut and pasted below, with some edits, the general advice on skis I always give :
The problem with getting guidance from us is that personal reactions to individual ski models can be quite variable, and figuring out what works for you is hit-or-miss without demoing (either from free industry demo days, usually held at the beginning of the season), or from renting so called "demo" skis ("performance" is the term used for the upper-end of run-of-the mill fleet rentals; "demo" is the term used for the kind of better-quality skis you might be interested in buying). So, if you can afford it, instead of buying skis now, spend your next week of skiing demoing different skis -- it can be a lot of fun. You can use suggestions from this forum as a starting point for what to try. [Other than free demo days, the best way to demo is to find a shop right on the mountain -- that way you can swap out several pairs in one day -- and I've never found a shop that charges extra for this. The best situation would be if a single shop on the mountain carried most of the skis you wanted to try, in which case you could buy a discounted one-week demo package from them.] This serves two purposes: it tells you what you'll like and not like; and, critically, it tells you what length you should buy in a particular model (when you demo, you can try models in diff. lengths). [Note that sometimes a ski won't work for you just because you happen to be "between sizes."] Indeed, one way to buy cheap skis at the end of a season is to demo some models and buy the demo pair you like the best (assuming the demo is in good condition and doesn't have too many days on it -- some shops track their demo rentals with a computer, and can thus tell you how many days it's been skied on).