Okay, let's see, more about what I ski.
If the snow is hard and crunchy I pretty much stay off of steep and bumpy and stick to blues and smooth. I don't know if 'ultimate edge hold on steep ice' is particularly important to me since I tone it down in such conditions. It's a little odd, since I grew up skiing in the east - Killington, Stowe, Hunter, etc where I could probably count on one hand the number of days I skied where it WASN'T icey. But I guess I've become soft in my old age.
If there's a little fluff, I spend perhaps 40% of my time on moderately steep and moderately bumpy terrain. As a reference, if you're familiar with Whistler, things like Whistler Bowl and all the stuff off Harmony lift. If the bumps get real deep, I generally back off unless pushed. I don't generally mess with anything more extreme than that.
I love a nice relaxing romp through trees. Things like Arthurs Choice on Blackcomb and Club 21 on Whistler are .. right in my sweet spot. But I'm a little more picky about conditions here. So maybe 10-20% in the trees, although I think that's often similar to the bump skiing.
Another reference point would be Keystone, where I love to ski the glades and bumps off the Outback lift. I actually like the steeper blue runs down the middle there where they leave one side bumped and groom the other. That kind of thing is my favorite place to work on technique. Jump into the bumps for a while, then back into the groom to contemplate the error of my ways, etc.
I do not ski zipperline in bumps. I meander a little. Turn on the up, extend into the down. My single biggest problem in anything non flat is that I have to remind myself to be vertically dynamic in my lower body. Horizontally I'm always on the mark - very good angulation, balance, turn initiation. But if I get a little gripped in the bumps I'm arguing with myself over ALL the common demons: backseating, stiff knees, etc.
On the flats, I'm mostly skiing the fall line, short to medium turns. Although I do those well, I'm weaker on longer GS turns and would like a ski that doesn't hinder me from improving in that area.
I do also spend a lot of time on groomers. I ski with a bunch of friends who board and they get all whiney about anything bumpy
: But I don't mind since going fast and feeling the sweet carve is fun. I can easily get distracted and spend all day on one fast blue or flat black run - up and down.
I'm 38. A pretty big guy, 5'11", 215 lbs. I haven't taken lessons in the US recently, but I'd guess I'm about an 8 and change. I do the 3 or 4 day 'ski esprit' camps at Whistler a couple of times a year where I'm a high 5 or a low 6, depending on how the groups work out. My skiing dexterity is a step ahead of my physical conditioning; sadly.
My current skis have been very good to me. And possibly I should just stick with them for another year or three. I'm mostly attracted to the deeper sidecut of newer skis. A little more shovel for when I find hidden stashes; a little more tip for a new take on turn initiation. An easier sweeter carve in more diverse situations.
DAMN; skiing lends itself to rampling. If you've read this far thank you, and I'm sorry!