I need to find a ski to compliment my Sambas that will be more of a front-side, hasn't snowed in quite a while ski.
Things I LOVE LOVE LOVE about the Sambas, being a decent intermediate/pushing advanced skier is that they are STABLE. Yet they get from edge-to-edge pretty damn nicely. What I don't like is the 98mm waist on days when I will encounter hard snow (happened a lot in UT last year.) And sometimes, they want me to ski harder than I want (OK, they like to be skied hard) and I'd rather just putz around. Kind of. I tend to push myself quite a bit. But they really don't give me the option not to. I want a ski that I can cruise on if I want to, but that will step it up at speed if I'm feeling strong that day. I can ski several days a week all winter so I will get strong pretty quickly.
I ski them in a 166. Which felt like a lot of ski until I got used to them. Now anything shorter feels a bit unstable. I'm 5'5" 127 lbs.
I bought some Blizzard Viva 8.0's last season in a 158, and as some of you know crashed on them when I hit some deep slush and fractured my tibial plateau. I went shorter with them with the thought that they have less rocker than the Sambas. I had been skiing the Sambas for three days prior, then switched to the Viva's because it was supposed to be a pretty firm day. (It wasn't.) I will not go back to the Vivas. No way, no how. Not that they are a bad ski at all. They are just too short and I have a bad memory associated with them.
Other skis that really helped me up my game were my Black Pearls, which I still own in a 159. My issue with them is the tips are hard to engage at times AND they are NOT fun on hard pack/ice. I loved them when I was still smearing around a lot but after skiing the Sambas, they just seem like they are not quite enough ski anymore. So I don't think going up to a 166 in them will help.
I see the Fischer Motive 86 for a screaming deal on STP. In a 161 or 167. I demoed some Fischer KOA 84's a couple years ago at Mammoth and couldn't get over how buttery smooth they were. But they were NOT fun on hard pack, and they are not touted for being good at holding an edge on hard pack. So I passed on them. But oh did they make the crud and chop and absolute hoot. Apparently that smoothness is kind of a Fischer "thing". I liked it. I want more of it.
Would the Motive 86 be a realistic ski to buy for someone of my stats, in say a 161, or 167? The particular model I am eyeing is NOT the Ti model from what I can tell. Or would they be too much ski for someone like me who wants to be able to back off on days I'm not feeling like hell on wheels? The Sambas are noted for being a pretty "aggressive" ski and I want to replicate their smoothness and stability.
I keep saying I want a mid-80's Samba. Is my search futile?
(And yes, I'm really itching to get back out there and slay the fear dragon.)