I live in Utah and have a pass to Powder Mountain. Wow, what a poor winter to return to skiing!
Return? Yep! I had two horrible leg injuries over the past 10 years. Could have got back to skiing 2 or 3 years ago but didn't for whatever reason.
So, after a hiatus I'm back and loving it. Already got new boots (Salomon X Max 110) and am looking for skis. About me: 45 yo male, 6'0" and 190 lbs. I am an advanced/expert skier and I love all terrain except for bumps. I would say I'm more of a finesse than powerful skier and I enjoy carving turns and moderate speeds.
I have demo'd the Nordica NRGy 90 & 100 both in 185cm and also rented a pair of Salomon Q 85. I Loved the NRGy 90 on groomers but I didn't get them off piste much as it was only my 6th day back after a decade absence and wasn't feeling up to the challenging conditions. Demo'd the NRGY 100 yesterday and came away really impressed with their ability to have fun in un-groomed spring-like snow as well as some really manky conditions (3 week old, wind packed, re-frozen garbage). I've always felt those conditions above my comfort level but the big Nordis were truly great! On the other hand, the hard groomers (hard for UT) were less than a great ride on these skis. After coming away impressed with the 90's on groomers I was very surprised to find the NRGy 100's to be difficult to handle and a ton of work. It was tough to find the sweet spot and I felt a bit behind the curve on them at times. Odd, I thought. Maybe I should try them in the 177cm, but I'm not sure how much of a difference there may be.
The Salomon's were just not enough ski and I quickly found their speed limit but still had a nice time. I rented them just to check out what the new ski technology had to offer.
Unfortunately, demo choices around here a bit slim. My local shop has the Bonafide, Cochise & Q-Lab but didn't mount them for demo due to the low tide winter.
I'm looking for all-mountain directional ski suggestions that will excel in crud and manky snow while still being able to have fun throwing down medium to large radius carves on the groomers. I'm not worried about powder performance. I'm not interested in anything that includes the primary descriptors "slurvy, playful, smeary or surfy."