I am looking for a ski suitable for steeps, often on icy afternoons when the man-made shows through after the overnight grooming has been scraped off. I ski Beaver Creek Co, and most of the time I need a ski that will hold on ice, the man-made snow variety.
My preference is lots of short radius turns, right down the fall-line. The problem is, my current regular ski, the Head Icon TT80 (2011), won't hold when I try to get aggressive when it's icy, so I end up losing edges, skidding down the steeps. Infuriating. Maybe the TT80's are getting torsionally tired after 700,000 vertical. I want to be able to aggressively do slalom turns down the fall line on a steep run like the base of Centennial lift. In the morning when the grooming is new, the Heads hold (almost), but after the hill gets scraped, pretty much every afternoon (if it isn't snowing), I have to get really tentative.
I've been skiing forever, probably level 8-9, 5'-9", 165lbs, ski 30+days a year.. I have, in addition to the TT80's, Head Rock n' Roll for those rare times when there is enough new snow to warrant bringing them out (Beaver Creek does not have bowls, and grooms everything).. Speed-wise, I prefer lots of technical short-radius turns, so I don't need a higher speed GS type ski. (I prefer to work on short-radius technique as opposed to high speed carving, which I no longer consider as technically challenging as short turns on the steeps).
I also manage to fit in some beside-the-groomer mogul runs, so I would use this ski for that too, although the TT80's work OK there if they don't get icy. But at Beaver Creek, even the moguls get icy, so my TT80's skid all over the place there too. In short, I want more dependable edge-hold, and tails that don't wash out, in a short-radius ski, with great rebound, suitable for those icy afternoons. Pretty hard to rebound when my edges are letting go all the time when it's hard (which is most of the time).
I've been considering the Atomic Redster Doubleback 3.0 SL, and the Head Supershape i.Speed. I'm not a racer so I'm not interested in a full-blown FIS race ski (probably too stiff). I'm not sure whether to go 170 cm or 165cm. My current skis are 170cm.
I'd appreciate some advice from members here who have experienced these skis, and also can relate to what might work well for the kind of skiing I'm talking about.