Hey team, long-time reader, first time poster! I've been looking for some advice on a new set of sticks now that the sales are starting to show up.
I'm a long time snowboarder who's looking to get back into skiing. I've been getting tired of sitting on my butt every time I get off the chairlift and having to huff it in on flat sections. Been on the board for around 15 years, but skied for 10 years before that. Anyways, I've been out 6 times so far this year on skis in the last couple months and I think I'm going to commit to skiing for a while.
I've gone out and got myself a decent set of boots that fit well (Tecnica Cochise 110's, the blue ones) and now I need to find some planks. I'm looking for an all mountain ski that has enough float when there's a foot of fresh snow, but is still be stable and perform very well on a groomers and the occasional mogul run. 70% on piste and 30% off piste would be pretty close to accurate. Most of my skiing/riding is in the BC interior (Fernie & Revelstoke) and in Banff (Sunshine Village/Lake Louise). I would consider myself an good skier, but not an expert at this point. I'm 6'0 (183cm) and 195 pounds (88kg). Although I was surprised about how my confidence on a snowboard really did carry back over to skiing :)
I've been out of the ski game for so long so I don't really know what's what in terms of gear anymore. So I've gone a demo'd a couple pairs but am having trouble deciding. I've ridden the Volkl Mantras and the Kendos. The Mantra's were a nice ski off piste, but I found when you're ripping on hard pack and groomers, they were a bit too chattery, which turned me off the full rocker. The Kendo's on the other had we're amazing all day (they absolutely shredded it on the hard pack and groomers) but I'm not sure they would have enough float in a foot or more of fluff for someone of my weight. With a lot of my riding being in bounds, I am looking for a ski that kills it on the resort, but can also handle the deeper stuff, in that order.
The other two I'm considering are the DPS Wailer 99 at 176 and the Blizzard Bonafide at 180. The other thing that's killing me too is that I can get a great deal on the Kendo's right now ($475 CAD!!!), but I don't want that to bias me too much.
I would really like to have a one ski quiver and understand that a ski can't do everything, but I'm really struggling on this choice. Any advice from the gearheads on here is much appreciated!!!