I am writing to get advice on selecting new skis for next season. To give you some back ground, I have been skiing all my life and feel very comfortable on the slopes. I have also tried racing at a beginners/recreational level when I got older for one season. My favourite place to ski is in the Italian Alps (Madonna di Campiglio this winter), so I go to different towns once a year. I live in Canada, so I ski at places like Tremblaunt in Quebec there. Currently I own a pair of atomic izor 9:7s, and enjoy them quiet a lot. Recently I have been renting when I go on my ski trips and tried some of the high end skis, which made me realize that I would certainly enjoy an upgrade. Recently I tried the following skis: Atomic redster double deck 3 SL, Atomic redster double deck 3 XT, and the atomic nomad s temper ti. The first ski I tried was the XT, which I found quiet awesome, but way too fast for me. Maybe it was the lack of my experience, but I found that with what I thought was ok carving I was gathering a lot of speed. It was fun, but a bit too much on crowded slopes. I then tried the SL version of the redster ski, and fell in love with it. My favorite feature was the "bite" I get when I really go into a turn hard. This is something I could not get with the other skis I have tried. Just to round things off, I tried the nomad s temper ti. It was a bit of a longer ski, with a larger turn radius, but I found it a lot easier to control than the XT. It was quiet the smooth ride, and I found that I also really liked it, and could do a lot of the things I wanted with it. The only thing that was missing was the "bite" on the turns I get from the SL. Also, I found them smooth at high speeds, and also with some rougher parts. It was smoother than the SL, which I think is the point.
So far, the SL is hands down my favourite ski for recreational skiing, mainly because of the wicked tight turns I can have fun with. My only concern is this: I know its a racing ski, and very specific to groomed courses. Do you think I might be better off with a more versatile ski like the nomad? Would this be a good choice for a recreational ski, or am I wasting my $$ a bit?
Also, I am not biased to atomic skis, they are just very available through all the demo shops where I live. I am welcoming to any brand suggestions.
Thank you for your feedback.