Me:6'0",190lbs, 48yrs, advanced/expert, aggressive but only 10-15 days, primarily in PacNW. Occasional Rocky Mtns.
Pref: Black Diamond, crud, pow (if avail) and moguls in am then cruisers with kids in afternoon.
Looking for a primary ski which is stable at speed, tight to mid turning radius, quick enough for bumps and enough float for occassional trees, fresh snow. I will demo fats/ mid-fats on big snow days but generally don't like the lack of grip, instability and feel of fatter skis (Line 110 and Rossi Soul 7's both disappointed outside of 6"+ of fresh, felt like waterskis)
I currently ski Volkl AC30, 170cm, and love the stability at speed, turning radius and power in the tail. Quickness is fine and they grip well in crud. I really enjoy this ski but it is really heavy and suboptimal in powder.
Based on the great discussions here and with peers, i believe the follosing could all work. Please let me know if I'm headed in the right direction. I'd like to demo 2-3 pair.
*84 /86 RTM
* Magnum 8.5
*Nrgy 80 / 90
* MX / FX / TX (78 - 94)
Confused by all these models, actually.
* Elan Amphibious 88