Hey, I'm from upstate ny also. Grew up in Elmira and learned to ski at Greek Peak and Denton Hill (Northcentral PA). Went to undergrad at Binghamton and lived in Syracuse for a few years before moving down to Pittsburgh for grad school 15+ years ago.
Yes, for me this ski will be a "powder" ski, but it also needs to do well in cut up snow days after a storm.
Thanks for all of the advice! Of course now I'm more confused than ever
A real NY-fest (and I do have a real soft spot for the Finger Lakes). Ah yes, Greek Peak - know it well (skied there along with Bristol Mt. while in college, that is until I realized that the 30+hr. drive out to CO was a better deal)...drove through Binghamton more times than I can count when coming/going from where I grew up in N.J...was in Syracuse two years ago at the start/finish of an 8 day bike ride through the Finger Lakes - beautiful...memories....
Back to reality - sorry for the confusion, but the best answer (which you already know) is to demo. Short of that, given your weight, and what I've learned about what you need I'd recommend the Czar (the obSethed is probably better suited for us littler people - they are real soft). Why?:
- Some other 100mm+/- cambered ski (e.g., W101, P100, Coomba, Nomad) won't be enough different than your W94's to change your powder game appreciably (though getting a longer W94 or something similar may not be a bad idea, just don't expect it to be the powder "answer").
- You probably already know that a beefier cambered ski (e.g., Argos, Dyna LP's, and maybe even the '09 Gotama) will probably make powder skiing even more challenging (in your other post you mentioned that you don't want something that you need to ski @ 100mph to get them to work).
- The 110mm+ flat cambered skis like the Dyna HT's or Katanas are probably more appropriate for an expert powder skier and/or for Sierra Cement or PNW snow.
My only fear in this recommendation is that you might find the 182 Czar's too short (they will probably ski shorter than your W94's). This leaves the obSethed's (but the 179 may also be too short and the 189 might be too long, and did I mention that they're noodles), the Shaman (you'll either love it or hate it), the Fat-ypus D-Sender (good luck finding 'em), or the 115mm tip/tail cambered skis like the Rossi S7's or Armada JJ's (which are slightly closer to a dedicated powder ski and might be the ticket in combo with a 100mm cambered ski).
Which leads us back...to the safest bet: demo'ing - sorry!