Originally Posted by markojp
You do not need a Firearrow 84 Ti. It will NOT help you become a better skier at this point. The Firearrow pro could work (a fine ski), but be aware that it won't be as forgiving as a ski with a bit more tip rocker. The 176 would be the right length in this ski though. You stated in post 1 that you wanted a ski for piste and crud... just shooting for your narrative.
Yes! I actually deeply appreciate all responses and ideas. It is helping me in the search, and I _love_ talking skiing when I can't be skiing :) So thank you, all.
As the thread evolved, I got to realize that I was shooting too high: I was looking for the best skis. And guess what, those are for the best skiers (many of you are lucky to be in that group), and not for me, today. So I already ruled out the Mantras and Kendos, etc.
However, to Alex's point above, Mt Rose is a bit on the natural/rough side, so a 90 underfoot would make the whole thing more enjoyable. The "groomers" are rarely manicured. A lot of the time there is crud and sometimes even natural bumps. Plus, I am on the tall and heavy side, so I both can afford (because of size), but also kinda need (because of the conditions in which I ski), skis slightly stiffer and wider than otherwise I would.
It seems like there are two separate schools of thought in all these (very helpful) posts:
* a groomer in the mid 80-85's, or
* a narrower, rockered all mountain around 90 wide, with a camber and good carving
I think both will allow me to learn, and I'm sure both would be fine, but I have a hunch that the second option will allow me to have more fun and do stuff that I find fascinating, such as getting on the natural snow around the piste a bit.
So, I will focus on that option (90 mm all mountain). Very likely I will get the Dynastar Powertrack 89 @ 179, though it's hard to spot a deal on those. If anyone has recommendations for similar all mountains I would love to hear. I'll check out the Nordica Enforcer 90 mentioned by Alex, but point well taken, it might be too much at this stage, I'll check some reviews.
Thank you all for hanging on with me!