I am in the Midwest. 6'7" and 230 lbs. Skiing one year and level 5 I'd say.
I have been skiing a 2013 181cm K2 Rictor (80mm). They have served me, and were on sale. But, now that I am skiing a lot faster and steeper I am feeling like I don't have enough edge on the snow to control myself as much as I'd like. All the charts and posts would suggest I should be on a way longer ski.
I also picked up a pair of 186cm Nordica Hell and Backs (98mm) which I love. They are more fun to ski than my Rictors. Probably taking them on a CO trip this Jan.
I am looking for a more frontside biased ski to complement the Hell and Back. Not a dedicated carver. I am leaning toward 88mm category in part because narrower skis don't seem to come in anything beyond 181 or 184.
Most of my stuff is groomed, but not perfectly. It could be hard ice and -5 degrees or slush after days of rain on manmade snow as it is right now. Up North in the UP they don't groom meticulously. Might find washboard and divots everywhere. Sometimes they leave some runs raw and ungroomed. But, we don't get powder. Might find and icy gully. But, I don't go looking for bumps yet. Runs are short - by relative standards.
So far, narrowed down to the Powertrack 89 which my local shop has in 186. The E88 is available online in 188. The Brahma is available in 187. Probably put a Look pivot binding on it. Another option is the Elan 88xti Fusion which can be had for $699 with binding on sale. But, I am a bit turned off by some reviews suggesting it does not handle shorter turns very well. All our runs are short - so not looking for a ski that is not compatible.
So, which of these makes the most sense? Or something else?
Thanks and happy holidays.