So yes, I know the 1 ski quiver realistically is a myth, but I'm on a budget, and so the pair of skis I'm looking for to replace my K2 Merlin V's (shows how long it's been since I've bought a pair of skis...) need to cover the bases for a while until I can save up for a second pair to cover the roles that the first pair might be lacking in (ie- deep powder).
I live in Michigan, and most of my skiing happens here, so first and foremost the ski has to have incredible grip on boilerplate ice - because about half the season, that's what we're skiing on (the rest of the time it's typical groomers - we don't get proper powder at this altitude). I'm an aggressive carver, so the ski has to handle that first and foremost - but, I do plan to head out west from time to time, so something that can also handle powder without making me hate it (like my narrow waisted Merlins do) is another important detail.
I demoed offerings from K2, Volkl, Rossignol, and the typical pro-shop brands last winter, and wasn't really pleased with any of them, so I started looking deeper into brands that aren't mainstream, mass produced and marketed stuff, and my sister (a ski patroller who was native to Taos for quite a while) suggested I look to Skilogik.
From everything I'd heard, Skilogik's Ullr's Chariot was the ideal ski for what I'm looking for but...well...Skilogik seems to have completely vanished, and REI sold out of the clearance stock of the Ullr's Chariot before I could get the budget saved to buy a pair.
Does anyone here have experience with the Ullr's Chariot, to know what else might be comparable that's still available? If not, hit me with your best recommendations...
I'm 6'3", 230lbs, and an expert level skier (by the definitions the industry uses).
Bonus points if the skis come with bindings, but honestly I'd sacrifice that in in a heartbeat for a ski that's worth it.