I am a 5'11 160lb upper intermediate/advanced skier living in Japan. I ski 30-40 days a year, primarily in Nagano (Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen) and make the occasional trip to Niseko. I currently own the Line Sir Francis Bacon in 178cm with Marker Griffon bindings
I primarily ski lift accessed sidecountry. We do get some very deep days of light snow here, for which a soft powder ski is perfect. However, the resorts can be crowded and there have been many times when powder in the back bowls and tree runs gets chopped up. In these situations I find myself struggling on a ski like the SFB. I skied an Armada JJ 185 on a deep powder day last year and found it to be much more stable anytime I went through chopped up soft snow. I know I should probably go longer and slightly stiffer than the SFB, and also slightly wider to better accommodate the deep days.
Any recommendations on a ski that would best suit my needs? I would like to get a ski that is fun in powder but is also able to handle chopped up snow better than my SFBs. I like to ski somewhat fast and mix medium and longer radius turns. Ability to handle groomers on the way back to the lifts is an added plus.
Looking at the following skis but open to any suggestions:
Moment Bibby/Blister Pro 184
Atomic Automatic 179 (117 width) - felt soft on a hand flex in the store
Armada JJ 185 / Armada Norwalk 179
Appreciate any advice. Thank you.