I have spent the last few seasons trying/renting different skis. During those seasons, I tried the below -
Rossignol Soul 7 (FUN), Blizzard Bonafide(FUN), Atomic Smoke Ti (can't remember), HEAD Rev 85 Pro(FUN).
I kept hearing buzz about the Cochise, and have never tried it. I was told that it is a better ski for the west coast snow/conditions. So I bought last years model in a 177.
I used to live close to Tahoe, CA., now I live close to Mt. Hood, OR., so the type of snow/conditions should be similar.
I chose the bindings based on ratings and price. I have never tried the turn table (FKS) type of binding, and I hope I don't notice any of that pivoting while I'm turning in my ski.
5' 9" 220lbs
Dalbello Boss are my boots (purchased this off season as well)..
Hoping for a lot of good snow this year, regardless of what weather experts "believe" will happen..