i ski alberta and bc. i like all mountain skiing. im told im almost if not expert. i ski around 40 days each winter. i am 5'9" 180 lbs. my instructors say im really strong i have atomic blackeyes for icy, hard pack days and experience 98s for everything else. i really like the 98 but on the powder days im lucky i havent broken my neck pushing them too hard and they really dont float in real powder. tried out the soul 7 and didnt find it any better than the 98 on powder and on anything else the 98s are much better. tried the super 7 and really liked surfing the new and older broken up powder on the bald peaks and in the trees but found them slow and floppy.
i want something for powder days and maybe for the next day or 2 as the resort gets skied out but more flexible than a full dedicated powder ski. the norwalks and patrons seemed my kind of skis. i want some thing with at least 110mm under foot but with stiffer tip than the super 7. i like the idea of rocker front and camber tail for sharp turns in the woods. but a local store has katanas for a price that makes it worth considering and i dream of getting into back country touring and could use these skis for that purpose.
i would really appreciate any guidance i could get on these skis and any recommendations on bindings. i really understand little about bindings. and im looking to buy soon because the prices are crazy cheap no and banff is supposed to get more powder by this weekend.