I grew up whacking plastic in Minnesota, short turns was our only real option. I moved to Montana at 18 and haven't left the mountains since. I have skied and owned many 90-120mm waist skis in the 15 years since then but I find myself searching for that plank that reminds me of my roots for those not so good snow days. I am not a big skier 5'7" 140lbs, but I ski powerfully for my size. I ski 75-100 days a season. I have no problem working different types of skis from fully rockered to cambered, I don't get turned off by shapes instead I figure them out for what they are.
Current skis I own:
177 Blizzard Cochise (daily driver)
186 Volk Two (pow and play ski)
177 Blizzard Zero G 95 (touring skis)
I have access to plenty of 85-90 waist skis whenever I wish to ski them but I am looking for something less All mountain and more for railing turns. I do ski a beer league that has got me thinking about this type of skiing again and after last season I have realized it would be nice to have a ski in the quiver for the low tide. Its sad but I think I want a race ski again. The problem is I have no ability to try out any ski that I think fits the bill, we just don't have any and I am not paying to try a ski. I am looking for a 18-19m ski, I see the Cheater GS boards but since I haven't touched any "Race" skis in well over a decade I am not sure if my tiny ass will bend them. Would I be happy with a frontside all mountain ski like the Blizzard XPower 8? Last year I raced on the RTM 84 and made it work but missed the pop out of the turns and yeah it was quicker than my Cochises edge to edge but yeah...
I am limited to Rossignol, Blizzard and Volkl because I get a deal on them. I don't need you tell me what to get, but some insight on what may work within this realm is what I am looking for.
List of what I am thinking:
Rossignol Hero Elite LT TI 176 (stupid system binding)
Rossignol Hero Master 175 ( can I flex this ski?)
Blizzard WRC Racing 176 (see above)
Blizzard Xpower 8 (all mountain ski... not sure I want that)
Volkl RACETIGER SPEEDWALL GS UVO ( can I flex it? Stupid UVO thing)
Volk RTM 81 or 84 (all mountain.... and maybe its here because its familiar)
I will be seeking the speed limit on no matter what I end up with so flame or help away.