About Me: Born and Raised in Tahoe, Have skied for 5 years, Level 9 Skier (can ski anything... pretty much... within reason...), Work on Mountain Safety / Patrol at Northstar. 160ish pounds, 6' tall, 19 years old, Love all conditions except: muffin chunder and ice that you can see your reflections in. Love tight high speed turns, moguls, bumps, trees and skiing irresponsibly fast.
Looking For: 1 ski quiver. Being Tahoe born and bred also means broke. Finally have the money ($650) to buy a pair of skis. Want something I can be happy with. I don't get too many powder days in, so something hard snow biased and reasonably good on those few powder days is ideal.
I've Demo'd: Volkl AC30, Volkl AC50, Nordica Top Fuel, K2 Recon, K2 Cross Fire, Volkl Tigershark 12, Dynastar Legend 8000.
Currently Ski: '01 170mm Dynastar Agyl Plus (the ski's I've had since the beginning, cost me $100, HATE THEM)
The Question...: I like the feel of Volkl's; stiff - don't surprise you - confidence inspiring. I haven't been on the Mantra's yet but everyone says they are a better ski than the AC50. Are they? Why so? How do they compare? I get really cheap demo's but they don't have the Mantra, so I actually have to spend some money to try them out. What do you guys think?