I am an advanced skier, 47, 6'1", 175 lbs, skiing in CO on all terrain (including greens with my kids) 20 days a year. I have just decided on 180 cm Blizzard Brahmas as my front side ski (coming from 187 Salomon Xscreams from 2000!). Now I need to find their companion for the backside - MJ and Eagle Wind trees, Vasquez Cirque, back bowls at Vail, Copper Bowl, and (especially!) Alberta lift at Wolf Creek.
I skied the 188 Soul 7 the Sunday before the Super Bowl in 10" of new on top of a solid base at Winter Park and LOVED them in the MJ trees, Eagle Wind, and even over in the trees on Vasquez Ridge. I'm an old school skier who doesn't know what a slarve or slash or surfy feel is. My research tells me that the four skis listed are candidates.
The Soul 7s were great until I got on the skied up runs in Vasquez Ridge where they were (obviously) not as good at carving through the shallow rough. Will any of the other three be better there without sacrificing the ease of turning in the trees and in soft snow? I have read the SD110 is more directional. The 100Eight is reverse camber. The Deathwish is just weird, but Blister seems to love it.
Any advice would be welcomed. I used to think I wanted a ski to help me more and be more forgiving, but I completely overpowered the Dynastar Powertrack 89, but loved the Brahma. So I likely want to be driving my ski in the soft, but would be willing to have to finesse it more if it means having effortless turning in the trees. I have NEVER been as confident in the trees as I was on the Soul 7s. In fact, I go so comfortable I broke through from looking at the trees I needed to avoid to looking for the openings where I was going to ski. I even tried to get through a less-than-shoulder-width gap and ripped my jacket sleeve!
Will one of the other three skis be better for me than the Soul 7s? OR maybe I should wait for the Soul 7 HDs?