Edited by eastskier44 - 8/3/2009 at 10:02 pm GMT
Sub 70 waist skis are a lot less common than they used to be but for hard pack and ice I still prefer them over a 70+ ski.. The RC4 SC from Fischer is a great ski but a bit more racing oriented than the RX or Progressor series.. I love Fischer skis as you can tell, but there are certainly other excellent options.. The Kastle RX is a great hard pack ski but quite costly.. and while I prefer a sub 70 ski on hard pack.. a lot of the 70-75 waist skis do just fine on ice and hard pack, the contruction is the key..
Demo days are usually a plenty in December so try and find a mountain where you can spend a day demoing and see what feels best for you.. most of the major manufacturers will have something that at least on paper will meet your needs..