I'm thinking about getting a new two-ski quiver this year. Why only two? Because almost all of my ski trips involve a flight followed by a train or bus ride and a walk through town, so I have to limit myself to what I can carry around airports, train stations, etc. (sometimes up and down stairs). Three- or four-ski quivers are out of the question.
I find myself preferring playful freestyle-oriented skis (either fully symmetric or nearly so) because I like a centered stance and relaxed style. I'm 5'9" and 175 lbs with a low center of gravity (big legs, small arms), so I don't need any 190+ long chargers reinforced with steel girders. I hop around on crud rather than charging through it. I cruise on groomers or work on short speed-control turns (practice for tight, steep off-piste terrain).
Most of my skiing is easy-access off-piste in the Alps, which means navigating groomers and traverses to get to the good stuff, and then more traverses and groomers to get back to the lifts. Some runs cover a large amount of vertical and can go from one extreme to another (icy groomer/bumps leading to sheltered bowl/chute with nice powder, nice powder turning into crust and then eventually slush, and so on). So, I need skis that are fairly versatile (no race skis, no fully-rockered 120+ wide pow skis, and I'm not a fan of large amounts of early taper in the tips and tails).
I'm thinking about a ~90-mm ski for when it hasn't snowed for a while but I'm occasionally finding small patches of shin- to knee-deep snow and a ~110-mm ski for when it has snowed recently and I'm finding a lot of good stuff but still maybe hitting sun/traffic-affected groomers and bumps on occasion. At the moment, I'm liking the look of the Kastle XX90 (175 cm) and XX110 (180 cm). Another interesting combination is the K2 Shreditor 92 (177 cm) and last year's version of the Line SFB (108 mm and 184 cm), which I can still find in ski shops around here.
Any comments on these or ideas for other demos?
Some skis I've tested/owned in the past are Line Elizabeths (too short to be my big ski, too wide to be my small ski, but easy and fun to ride in the right conditions), Blizzard Peacemakers (a little too narrow to be my big ski, could've been a bit more symmetric for my liking, but also fun to ride), original version Line SFB (a little wider than I need, too much early taper in the tip and tail, and no early rise in that version), Line Prophet 90 (more metal than I need, too directional for my liking, but the width felt good for the conditions I'd use a smaller ski in).
Here's a photo of me scrubbing speed on a snow day to give you an idea of my stance/style.
Here's a TR from a gathering in St. Anton to give you an idea of the conditions I can see in a fairly typical week http://www.epicski.com/t/128294/euro-gathering-tr-february-8-15-2014.