For the last several years I've been using Elan 888 186 as my moderate-to-hard snow skis. I love them dearly and would continue with them into eternity but, unfortunately, all things must end and these skis are getting chewed up and used up. I need to start a search for a new set of skis to fill the gap they will leave. I am gear averse in that I don't follow what is available and find it incredibly boring to talk about equipment so I've got no idea about what is out there on the market. I figured the gear heads here might give me a hand in focusing my interest so that when we have a ski season again I can begin to winnow my choices.
Height - 6' 1"
Skied for 52 seasons (if you count this year as a season)
Level (?) I ski well enough to enjoy most slopes and conditions
What I like to ski: Off piste at Mt. Baker and Stevens Pass. We do have times when no snow falls, so these skis need to be able to handle a lot of different terrain and conditions. I suppose they should be "all mountain," whatever that means.
Personal preferences: I want a quick turning ski that will ski fast and slow with equal aplomb. I want to be able to carve and skid at will. I have LOVED the Elan damp feel that I've had on both the 888s and a pair of 666s that I used to have.
These skis will be paired with a set of Ullr's Chariots which will be used as my soft snow and deep/heavy crud skis.
As a long time member of Epic I would like to request that if you reply to this inquiry please include the manufacturer in the response. I don't know how many times I've read posts here that mention something like "The 67/234 Modem 187 is just the ski for you." Which doesn't help much for a ski illiterate like me if I don't know that they are made by Head. (Just an example, I know Head doesn't make a ski of that name.)
Thanks for any help y'all may be able to give in my search.