In my second season of experiencing real mountain skiing... I'm looking to fill a gap in my ski quiver.
Currently I have a pair of 2014 Head Rev 85's which are great front mountain cordy carving machines.
I also have a pair of 2015 Black Diamond Carbon Megawatt's - 120 underfoot pow skis that I plan to one day use for backcountry touring.
So! I'm on the hunt for something in the 95-105 underfoot category that gives me joy all day long on the mountain. I realize this depends heavily on my skill level, how I ski, and what I want. To start, I'm 6' tall - currently 220 lb - trying to get down to 200 lb - either way, a bigger dude. My skill level would be intermediate - I can get down double blacks but I've got a lot to improve on :)
The tricky part - what I want... at least what I think I want. I can say I'm not an ex-ski racer... I don't want to just hammer out carves and spend all day on groomers. Although, I do love shredding a high-speed big old GS leaned way over on edge. I don't particularly care for moguls - but that's a lack of proper technique I think. I'm also not a park rat. Typically I'm with friends exploring trees and I love jumping off small features getting little bits of air here and there.
I've done loads of research and I'm trying to balance out playful soft skiing with stiff crud-busting attributes in a ski. To give you an idea of the spectrum of skis I'm currently considering, here's a list:
I was leaning most to the Nordica Enforcers or Blizzard Bonafides for their praised all-mountain performance. They seem like the responsible choice to make. But then I read about the Line Sir Francis Bacon and the previous Rossignol Sickle and how they're decent soft snow skis but tremendously playful and fun. FUN. I should probably take the Pinnacle 95 of that list - I'm likely too big for them.
Anyway - let me know your thoughts! Cheers.