I am looking at four skis - end of season clearance at cost, therefore sizes are limited. 185, 5'11''
1. Mantra 184 (no 177), sorta would like to have the switch option though...
2. Gotama 183 or 176
3. Prophet 100 186 (no 179)
4. Dynastar big trouble 176
Having trouble making up my mind... (though I have settled on an all-round mid-fat) mainly due to the fact that I know very little about modern skis having been a snowboarder for 20 years. I will still use the board on occasion, but even my days on shop rental skis have been more fun than I ever remember skiing used to be. I quit skiing at 13-14 as a relatively aggressive youth, but no racing, and have become an advanced big mountain snowboarder - but spend very little time in the park. I enjoy steeps, powder and soft groomers, and will avoid ice and firm bumps where possible. I am an intermediate skier will full intentions to improve, and will very likely drag myself down whatever I used to enjoy as a boarder. In otherwords - I ski like a boarder... it won't be pretty, but I intend to have a ton of fun. Cash and parenting practicalities dictates a one-ski quiver... and I would rather a ski that does a little better in the big stuff than the groomers, but I need a ski decent at both.
Thanks for your input.