Phil, you pose an interesting issue. I do hike a lot for turns, so that could be a factor. And I understand Silverton is a LOT of hiking.
I am pretty confident in powder and my relatively skinny Wateas are fine for anything up to knee deep in fluff or boot top in heavier snow or slush. Not looking to buy, but to demo for those special days.
But, i really like trees and will take any advantage i can in tighter trees to make the day better, especially if it's an expensive day like cat skiing or Silverton.
The Line Pandora and Kiku sound like they'd be worth trying if i can find some to demo. If not, I'll try the pontoons if it's a deep day when I'm at Silverton (hope so!) since they have them there on site. However, "strong" is a relative term, and while i may have strong legs for my size and advanced age, they are decidedly not so when compared to many who post here, i suspect.
I also ski at Winter Park/Mary Jane a lot and they have a rossi demo store on mountain, so i might try those voodoos too if i hit it on an especially deep day. Sierra Jim has an uncanny ability recommend skis I've liked.
I bought sugar daddies from him about four or five years ago. Liked them a lot; had a great time at Whistler and at Wolf Creek when it was deep. But i found after skiing the Wateas for much of last year that the SDs just felt, hmmm, twangy? or jittery in comparison. Maybe it's because they were shorter (153) or i was skiing faster, or maybe i got to like the smoother feel of the wood core? not sure. I kept trying them when it was a powder day and opting to go back to the car for the Wateas instead. Finally ended up giving them to my niece.
Anyhow. nice stuff to think about during the dog-days. Thanks for the indulgence!