Hello to all and many thanks for the incredible wealth of information you all post. I hesitate to post yet another new ski advice request, but it seems that each skier on other posts has different priorities / specifics than mine. So here goes:
PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES: 39 year old male, 5'-10, 163 pounds, fit w/strong legs
SKIING TERRAIN: Ski only in the West-Snowbowl, Whitefish, Discovery in Montana with a few trips to Alta, Snowbird etc. Total days on area 15-20 Backcountry 5-10
Ski almost exclusively non-groomer, off piste, steeps, trees and any powder that can be found.
As a result, ski lots of very variable snow. (Montana isn't quite Alta!)
SKIING SKILL LEVEL: This one is tricky and important. I can ski anything on any area and a lot of stuff that is beyond the lines with aggression and without falling. Tight trees, narrow chutes, deep pow, super steep. BUT I'm not that good of a skier technically. I grew up in the mid-west and didn't really start skiing seriously until 7 years ago. So, I have the classic penchant for being in the back seat and also a habit of allowing my left side to rotate (hand back) when the snow gets deep or the going gets tough. I spend a lot of time scrubbing speed by skidding my tails instead of fall-line-skiing and carving. Okay, so maybe I'm being a little tough on myself, but better to be conservative about my skill level. And one more thing- I don't jib, flip, switch or goofy anything anytime.
THE QUESTION: I'm buying new skis now that the season is ending and things are cheap! What would you recommend? I am a one pair of on-area skis guy so am leaning towards a mid-fat 80-90 mm ski. But would be interested to hear if you think this is a mistake given the lack of groomer skiing. Should I go fatter? Can I continue to improve on my carving / technique if I go fatty? Want something that will be good for tight trees (quick turning and soft?) and a tad more forgiving than if I were gonzo ex-racer, uber talent guy. Do different skis throw skiers forward or aft? If so, I defiantly want a ski that will encourage me to lean over em!
I've been on Salomon Pilot Scream 10, 180s for last five years. Have always felt that they will go faster than I'll ever be able to push 'em. But can't complain since I bought them blind from Sierra Trading without doing any research! And I do feel that they forced me to become a much better skier.