Originally Posted by pkerr
And that’s my dilemma. A narrower ski with excellent edge grip or a wider, maybe more versatile ski, with less (how much?) edge grip.
Yes, the real dillemma is width. That's orthogonal (sorry, programmer word) to brand/snow feel. If you really like the edge grip of the Volkl, then look for a germanic ski like that. (Maybe shop Atomic too, as IMO it is somewhere in between.) And you'll get just as good edge grip in any case, though you are right it won't feel like as much because you have that much more ski to lever over. OTOH, it will be more stable, even on groomed.
Personally, I'm not big on the one-quiver thing, just because there are so many great dedicated powder skis and dedicated carvers out there. But often it is not an option for people, esp. if you have to haul both on the plane with you. If it were me and I was skiing in the mid-west, I'd go for the groomer oriented carvers and rent some wide-boards when I got out west, as others have mentioned. Any compromize is, well, compromised. That said, there are some excellent mid-fats out there. And note that many of the skis marketted as groomer-oriented out there actually are just as wide as the skis that used to be called mid-fats.