I've been stealth reading the forum for a few months now but I'm still unsure what I should go for. I now some highly knowledgeable people here can give me some advice so I'll try to keep my post short and to the point.
Where in the world are you skiing? Each weekend from early December to the last day of the season, eastern Quebec with 2-3 eastern US (Vermont/NH) day trips per year.
What kinds of terrain do you prefer? hard packed groomers with icy spots
How many days a year do you ski? 25-35
How advanced are you as a skier? 41yo expert. 30+ years experience. Still taking lessons though. Never enough technique.
What's your height and weight? 5'8" 184 pounds, in good shape / very good shape but I drink too much beer and wine... :)
I have a pair of Volkl Tigershark 10 feet (no switch) witch I love(d). Before that it was AC50's. Every year I demo some stuff whenever "they" (retail shops or company reps) come to the mountain but I've never really found something that made me want to cheat on my 10ft. Until now. I tried both an Elan race SL and SLX and ended the day with blue balls. Sorry about the inappropriate analogy but it's my way of telling how much fun I had. Although the rep explained to me the difference between the SL and the SLX I couldn't tell the difference with the conditions we had (wet heavy soft snow).
I loved the feeling of high G's and quick fast short radius full carve turns, and that radius is perfect for our narrow trails up here in the east. The edge grip was great and I knew I could thrust them to keep up even with icy patches or small snow mounts even though I was ripping like a maniac around noobs who had no business being where they where. I vividly remember a lady stopped on the side in a "Y" crossing, seeing me coming down fast and hard, and then backing up as much as she could all the while looking at me with wide open scarred eyes. I did say "I'm sorry" passing beside her.
My questions is: what skis are similar and that could I compare and demo before making a final decision and pulling the trigger?