Plagiarism is the sincerest form of ?Ski-ra's write up of his request was so well done, it didn't make sense to try to re-provide many of the same descriptions, so I'm "modifying" (stealing) his. Thanks, Ski-Ra.
Goal: New in-bounds "western" powder ski for a light- to mid-weight advanced skiing 1'+ fresh snow days in trees, bumps and the occasional packed run back to the lift.
Skier: 5'7", 155-160lbs. advanced male skier. Will ski almost anything, 50deg slopes, tree runs, endless bumps (but not a 50deg tree run or sick terrain requiring air). Technique is focused on mid-speed controlled arcs with quick/short turns.
Terrain: Favorite areas are trees and bumps. I ski (to date) exclusively in east. I do not like sking steep, tight trees where there are only one or two tracks and there is little/no opportunity to turn upslope to shed speed. I tend to avoid cruiser runs. Since I ski in the east, carving on ice is standard practice.
Current "fat" Skis: 169 cm Atomic Nomad Crimson, 164 cm Public Enemies, 167 cm Fischer Watea 78.
New Skis?: Looking for a fat ski that is capable of handling western powder. Favor maneuverable and forgiving powder/crud skiing rather than "big mountain" high speed stability and stiffness, though some amount of power and precision is desired. Do not want a pure powder ski (i.e., 110mm+, rockered, noodle...). The ski does need to be able to handle some packed run duty (family skiing for part of the day).
Options I am considering (not an exclusive list, so feel free to suggest, but price is important):
174 cm Salomon 1080 Gun 07/08
171 cm Scott P4 07/08
177 cm Stockli Stormrider TT 06/07 or 07/08 (not sure which yr)
171 or 178 cm Rossi Scratch Brigade 07/08
174 cm Rossi Scratch Steeze 07/08 (the fugly bubble gum look and $100-200 more than the other options, but it's supposed to be a great ski)
Your recommendations? Other reasonably priced (preferably below $500 shipped) options?
Ski the East