Just to clarify,
I don't "carve" in the sense of laying fat ruts on corduroy. I am a former racer and can carve anything from a 210 GS racer to a 225 DH board. I was never much for slalom, definitely more on the side of fast than quick. I have never alpine skiied on new style skiis.
I don't ski bumps unless they are in the way.
I do ski some tight chutes, but never have had a problem with getting a longer ski around.
I do ski powder and alot of crud and variable terrain.
I like to jump and drop cliffs.
At 6'2, 225#, when i come off a 20' drop, i am moving at a phenomenal rate of speed (Galileo be damned!) and need a long fat ski for stability while getting things back together. My usual solution to a sketchy situation is to point it. After a season on my G41's, there can't be a better ski FOR ME. And that is the important part, skiis are a very personal decision, what may be best for MT or myself may not be the best for Pierre eh! or Roto (though i am amazed to see a 6'5 guy recommending 180's). I have a friend here who is 5'4 maybe, usually either skiis his 198 G41's, his 200 Iggy's, or his 200 AK Rockets. But in a bit of self deprecating humor, he does have stickers of Napoleon on a battle horse on the tips of the Rockets. After looking around, I think i will definitely get another pair of G41's. I was hoping to hear some positive comments about the Stockli Asteroids, because with Iggy gone, i don't think anyone makes a 200+cm fat ski. I have heard good things about the 10ex, but i tend to pull bindings from foam core skiis (tele binders, but it leaves me a bit leary of them).
OK, enough about the skiis, talk to me about boots.
Free your heels, poke your eyes out!