TRicky - yikes, delam after 2 days? Doesn't sound good.
Thanks Trekchick and segbrown. My wife prefers expert off piste terrain - steeps, crud, chutes, often steep stuff that has big bumps but not zipper line bumps. Like me, she cruises with our 6 and 8 year old kids too, and we have instructor friends we ski with who rip big open slopes at Big Sky. She currently skis a Liberty Helix 167 - tip rocker, a bit of tail rocker, camber underfoot. She has never liked them but can't really say why. We have the same boot size and she has skied my 180 Liberty Double Helix (121 underfoot) on a fairly firm day and liked them better than her skis, but says she wants something quick for the narrow steeps we have at Bridger Bowl.
Am I on track with the Motive for this kind of skiing, or should we look more at something like the Bonafide/Samba for both of us? I'd been hoping to get a Salomon Stella for my wife but missed out on some of the best deals on those. From reviews they sound close to perfect. I've considered the Liberty Variant 97 for me, but I'm worried it might be too much charger all the time. I'm also intrigued with the 4FRNT Kai 95, as I like to support smaller companies, but I don't have enough info on those to pull the trigger.
We both have an off piste bias in our skiing, and live for powder days. We also ski with kids every weekend and we get what we get condition wise.
Thanks again for all the advice.