I just demoed the Santa Ana last weekend at Lake Louise and it blew me away. I'm thinking of getting it as my main daily driver here in the Alberta Rockies. I also, however, saw an amazing deal on a pair of 2014 Nordica Nemesis ($275 including binding). How do these two skis compare? I haven't tried the Nemesis and don't think I will have an opportunity to do so.
What I loved about the Santa Ana was its playfulness but also its stability, and speed. I'm looking for a new daily driver to replace my 2014 Volkl Kenjas. I love these skis, but want something that is a little more playful, and not quite as stiff. I love them on packed powder and groomed, but they are a lot of work in soft snow and chop. I'm 5'8", 220 lbs and an advanced skier. I ski Sunshine and Lake Louise, so want something soft-biased, but that can still make it down a groomer on lower-mountain.