So I'll appeal to the general brain trust here to remove my ignorance. For example, Are Solomon's generally lighter and damper than, say, Head skis?
I've sort of narrowed down my choices to Solomon Tornado's, Head IM 78's or 82's, and Nordica Afterburners.
I've read a bunch of the reviews here, but a lot are comming from further west. My skiing is almost exclusively in New England (Northern Vermont, Northern NH, Sunday River sometimes) so my thinking is that I need a ski more oriented towards hardpack/ice than light fluffy powder. Any thoughts on the general characteristics I should be looking for? My thinking is a somewhat narrower ski with a moderate sidecut to handle quicker turns when I'm playing in the corners but still do OK on longer faster turns.
I'm also pretty light (6'1, 150ish) for my height, and I've been worried that I might be overpowered a bit by some of the beefier skis, especially if I go towards a longer length.
I like to play in what powder I can find, but obviously NE conditions don't always agree with that. I'm working on getting going in the bumps after avoiding them for years. That said my bread and butter is probably carving the normal harder packed stuff, so I need a ski that can dabble in powder, handle bumps, but still isn't to squirrely on faster hard runs.
thanks in advance for any help you can give. Unfortuately my demoing options are pretty limited for most of the rest of the winter, so anything you guys and gals can add will be even more valuable.