Okay, I am gonna help beat this topic to death because I have come full circle when it comes to skis; largely thanks to the guys on this forum. I was on Gotamas for years. Then Head Rev 105s. While the gotamas were fun, a rockered ski in New England was just silly. The thing flopped around like a wounded fish on true hardpack. However, give me soft groomers, and I could carve them; just a joy to ski. Give me a bit of powder, crud and bumps and the skis were a blast. Enter the Head Rev 105. Fairly wide, early rise and 16 meter radius. Great carver, a ball in soft snow. Blew the Gotamas away for my conditions and what I liked to do.
Then I tried a recreational slalom ski. Well my world was turned upside down. Not only were groomers fun, but green runs were an absolute ball. I had to learn a bunch of new techniques because these things HAVE TO CARVE.
I still owned the Revs. I took them out on a day when I could hit the woods and pop out on to the groomers. Problem was when I hit the groomed runs, it was a mix of snow and ice. I was so frustrated. I had a ball in the woods, but boy I had a hard time on the scratchy stuff. I was yearning my slaloms. What the hell was going on?
I swapped skis since I was not going to be in the woods for the remainder of the day. I was happy again. Slalom brought me back to my happy place.
So I started to think................ Was a 105mm soft ski really what I should be on or do I need less width an some metal? Time to demo.
Enter the Volkl Kendo. Basically a cheater gs ski with some width (89mm). I was in heaven. Nimble, stable, fast, handles bumps and giggles at scratchy surfaces. So I bought them.
We have been skiing on sh%t for the past month in New England. Finally got 9 inches of snow yesterday. Covered up the ice rinks nicely. Yesterday the Kendos rocked. I had so much fun. Everyone b%tched about the conditions because it was soft bumps and ice underneath. I had a ball.
Today it was perfect groomers in the morning; I mean perfect. I started with the slaloms. OMG, how much fun is it to carve at full speed knowing there was no ice to deal with. I was out of mind, because I was having so much fun. After a few hours it started to get really scraped off. Switched to the Kendo. Nice soft bumps with sheer ice in between. I had a ball.
I found the perfect two skis for me. It only took eight years. It dawned on me that slalom skis offer me the perfect balance of speed control and carving fun. My kendos are perfect for all the other crap that New England will throw at me.
I always bought skis for the conditons I wanted to be in. I finally own skis that are perfect for the conditions I ski in. Do I ski powder? Yup. It lasts two runs before it gets skied out; longer if I can get into the woods. The Kendos will handle it just fine.
Moral of my story.................All types of skis are fun; lots of fun. Find what will work for you the majority of the time. For me, I definitely needed to lose some fat.