Ok, so I'm probably the only one on the mountain these days that still skis on straight skis -- at least until this
past season. I'm thinking of finally making the transition this year. I've been skiing on some cheap Dynamic
Equipe SL 27 skis (184) for several years. Have never skied on a shape ski. I did rent some Coombas when
a friend and I did a snowcat ski trip at Chicago Ridge around 2008. The powder was awesome that day and I
loved the flotation of the fatter skis. Don't know why I've continued to "make do" with my thin skis for so long -
have made things more difficult for myself, I'm sure. One thing I have really enjoyed about my current skis is
that I can make extremely quick short radius turns. I can turn on a dime on those skis at will. I know the new
shape skis make it easier to turn, but will I be able to turn as quickly on the shape skis? I wonder since they
are all considerably wider. I don't care much about skiing moguls, but I really would like to find something that
would allow me to continue doing what I have been doing for so many years. Finding an all-mountain ski that
does well in the powder and allows me to make super short radius turns would be great. I hope such a ski is
out there. Was looking at the Soul 7 -- seems good ratings from 2015/2016 years according to ski magazine.
Could this ski be a good match for me? Also not sure about what size I should get. Some people have told
me to go smaller in shape skis, like a 170 or something (think the Soul has a 172).
A little background -- I have been skiing since I was 10 (currently 45). Haven't taken lessons since I was 13
or so, so probably a lot of bad habits. For as many years as I've been skiing, should be an expert, but am not
even close. Not sure about my ski level. My first preference is skiing powder (but can't always count on
that), but don't mind skiing groomed where I can do my quick turns. Not a big fan of moguls, unless there is
plenty of powder on them where I don't have to worry about finding a good line. I can usually do pretty well
on skied-up powder too, as I can keep myself in good control with the quick turns. I live and ski in Colorado.
Have skied at Winter Park/MJ mainly, but am thinking about switching over to Loveland as I understand they have
free snowcat skiing now. One more thing -- have until recently been skiing only about 4 or 5 times a year, but
am thinking about getting a season pass this year so that will probably increase.
Thanks for any advice you can provide on what I should get.