Originally Posted by twochordcool
It's a dilemma.
I kind of agree with you.
However, money is a little on the tighter side this year and I have decided to go only after Whiteface, Gore or Belleayre gets some snow to speak of (I purchased a NY Ski3 pass for this year)...which means I anticipate not going as often as I have in years past...but the days I do go should be quite good...
So I expect to go when groomers aren't rock hard, which means the Salomon Rocker 2 90's or Line Prophet 98's that I own should be my go to skis for these conditions, no?
Considering that it might make more sense to pick up a ski that would be good for just after a substantial dump - maybe 6 to 12 inches. (We're talking the northeast here!)
So I'm right on the fence about getting Salomon or Volkl carving skis or a very rockered ski in the 100 to 105mm range.
Hey TCC, welcome back. Good to see that you are still at it.
I'll try to be helpful but. . . .
In this case, I think that you have a couple of options that make sense to me:
(a) Buy nothing. You seem to like your Rocker2 90s for the days you expect to ski. So why again do you need something new?
(b) Buy a sub 80 carver (that is fairly compliant). I agree with @Ghost on this one. You live in the east, you ski in the east and last we heard, you didn't particularly think skiing in the west was all that great or worth it. And it isn't like you are skiing in an eastern powder paradise. So optimize for where you are. You have plenty of wider, all mountain skis, you don't really need another.
(c) Repair the sollies. Are they really torched? A base weld is impossible? They are totally useless? Bummer.
I can't figure out why you want, or think, that you need something wider. Are you planning another western trip? What are the days that actually happen in upstate NY where the Rocker2 90s and the P98s are holding you back? How often do you use the P98s? Do you frequently find them insufficient for the typical conditions in your region? Do you frequently ski in snow depths greater than 12 inches?
You seem to refer to both the R2 90 and the P92 as hard-snow biased, but you'd be among a small minority who classifies either of them as such. Both of those skis are all-around, all-mountain skis biased more off piste, softer snow conditions. Different flavors, different shapes, but aimed at similar conditions and terrain. Both can be used in firm conditions and on groomers just fine, if that is what you like, but no one would suggest that either ski is specifically designed to be an optimal hard snow tool. And for the record, both have "rocker."
So sure, buy one of the 95-105 skis on your shopping list if you wish. It wouldn't make a ton of sense, but go for it if you have the $ and it will make you feel complete. But note that it does require an odd turn of logic for an NY-based skier to blow out the carving skis and conclude that the natural replacement is something ~105 (when the quiver already has a 90 and a 98).
But ultimately, I think that rather than continue to chase the holy grail of equipment, you should use and enjoy what you have, and focus your energy and resources on using those tools better.
Have a fun season.