I moved back out east last year after being out west for a few years. I'm currently skiing on 186cm Rossignol S3's that are pretty beat up. Great when it snows and in the tree's where I can slip and slide around but on east coast hardpack they suck. Frankly I don't really ski groomers much, I ski at Jay mostly and just head for the trees on most days, but my kids are starting to ski so I need a groomer ski. I'm 6' 185lbs, I'm a solid skier but more of a freeride/pow/backcountry skier. The whole carving groomers thing is not something I've ever really done but since I'm out east now and it doesn't snow much I want a ski that's going to make groomers fun, because my S3's are not cutting it.
I borrowed a buddies Atomics supercross something or other race stock gs skis, and woah, not for me. I don't have a racing background, I had to go like mach 10 to carve those things. I couldn't skid them at low speed. And in bumps they kicked my ass. Not for me.
I'm looking for a ski to do quick small radius carving on groomers, I don't like doing big sweeping high speed turns on groomers out east, too many people on the runs and not enough room. I also want something that isn't just "carving or nothing", skiing with my kids there will be lots of low speed skidding around. And ideally something that's still going to be fun and playful if I take them in typical bumps (ie not 40 degree olympic zipperline bump run).
So all that said, I had time to demo two skis last weekend, Fischer Motive 175cm (80mm waist) and Rossignol Experience 84 178cm. I loved them both, I have not had that much fun on groomed runs, ever. The Fischer's felt better carving, they just seemed to dig in more, felt more like I was on rails. But when I did some bumps and slow skid turns they weren't as cooperative as the Rossi's. The Rossi's were great carving up a blue run, just like the Motive's but felt less grippy/confident, though still fun. They were easy to ski and playful in the bumps, and no problem skidding them around at low speed. I don't know a whole lot about ski tech, but I'm assuming the Motive's are stiffer and that's why they were better carving but less enjoyable for the rest?
So is there a ski that's like the motive's for carving, but still fun and playful like the Rossi's in bumps or skidding around? What other skis I should make a point of demoing before I buy something? Thanks!
PS. In case anyone knows, are the Experience 84's pretty much the same as last years Experience 83's? Last years model is about half the price so if I ended up going down that route it would be nice to save $300.