I was hoping for your thoughts comparing and contrasting the Line Supernatural 108 and Sick Day 110. Based on research I've done I like what I'm hearing about the Line skis and have narrowed it to these 2, but am feeling some serious indecision when trying to choose one.
I'm an advanced/expert skier and although I feel like I started comparatively late (10 years ago at age 20), I push myself hard and continue to improve. Since moving to the Bay Area from the Northeast 2 years ago, I ski primarily in Tahoe (~10-20 days a year) with an annual family trip to Whistler (~5 days). I love the powder days and want a ski that can take full advantage of them but find myself skiing a lot more frequently in a heavier chopped up mix. My first love is skiing trees and enjoy off piste skiing. I don't seek out mogul runs, but find myself in the bumps a fair amount. As my abilities improve, I enjoy steep skiing and have been riding Double Black without pooping myself the last few seasons. Because I ski with friends and family of varying abilities, I find myself on heavily trafficked groomers as frequently as I do pushing my own envelope off piste.
The stability of the Supernatural seems ideal for the mixed quality, heavy snow I find at the resorts I ski. My concern with the Supernatural is that I enjoy quick turns in the trees and bumps as much as I like really opening it up a letting it rip in open terrain.
On the other hand, everything I have read about the Sick Day describes it as playful and quick to turn. But, most reviewers say the lightweight Sick Day is at its worst in heavy crud/chop, which I see a fair amount of in my neck of the Sierras.
My inclination is that the Supernatural is the ski I can really grow into, and with effort, I can make it work in the trees and bumps, but hey, I ski for fun, who wouldn't want a playful ski?
Also, at 5'9" 175ish pounds, what are your thoughts on 179 vs 186 length? Somewhat mirroring the ski discussion, my feeling is the 179 would be more fun/playful given my current abilities, but the 186, while perhaps being a little more work in the bumps/trees, would be a ski I could really grow into. The EpicSki Formula puts my on the 186: 160-165 cm (depending on whether I am over or under 175) + 10 cm (advanced/expert) + 5 cm (off piste) + 10 cm (all-mountain, freeride, or powder) = 185-190 cm.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.