Firstly, Hi and new to the forum.
I've read quite a number of posts in many threads which somewhat touch on the subject/s but not quite as specific. Its a lot to ask but I do have a couple of topics to inquire about before buying new skis.
Firstly, Embarrassed to say I'm still on my (although high end race skis) straight 200cm dinosaurs skis, lol
I am one of the three people you will see still skiing on these lol. But hey I am great on them and they still work.
I don't consider myself expert but certainly advanced well above intermediate and pushing 50 I don't quite have the same aggressiveness I once had nor get to ski as often so I like to take it a bit easier now but then always do manage during a ski day to still find the adrenaline rush for a few runs on the steeps and the bumps mixed in as well as venture off the backsides or whatever form of that we actually have here in the northeast lol etc. Most the skiing is on piste but even then I always gravitate towards the sides where (as many you know) is where we find the snow a bit softer and deeper and often also find some moguls there as well. The problem in the northeast tristate area is icy conditions unless we get lucky and have a real good snowy winter. That's a big reason I gravitate towards the sides. Always better imo on the sides :)
Anyway I just cant decide for all mountain or piste specific skis. From my recent research, I do believe the "all mountain skis" are generally better piste groomers than they are off piste floaters. If floating is truly more ones conditions and desires than a freeride ski or powder specific ski would perhaps then come into the equation. But for mostly piste with some offered off piste when its there and/or the occasional good fluffy conditions it has to be decided only between piste ski or the "all mountain" ski imo
But what am I losing or gaining by going all mountian??
am I losing too much edge hold on piste in icy conditions?
am I losing too much pop for dancing down a steep?
am I gaining an overall easier turning ski? or is that only at slower speed?
am I gaining a ski to better navigate tighter moguls?
am I gaining a better ski on the sides of the piste trails?
Remember I am coming from the older straight stiff GS skis. As great as they are (or were lol) I am tired of working these in the softer snow areas and when through the occasional mogul runs. however you cant beat them for holding hardpack and ice.
so should I get the modern form of these dinosaurs and stay with the piste carver or will the all mountains offer me a better route?