I have lived in Tahoe full time for 22 of the last 30 years, worked @ Squaw for 5 years, and manage a ski shop so I can ski on about anything I want. I ski about 70-80% off the trails and If I were to choose one pair (god forbid) I doubt that it would be over 95mm or so and it would be fairly conventional.
Contrary to popular belief, everyday is not a powder day or even a crud day in Tahoe. In fact last year, we had a stretch where it didn't snow over a dusting (except maybe once) from Dec 26 to about Feb 5 or 6. I skied skis of every imaginable shape, width and configuration during that time. Generally, I liked skis in the 85-95mm range the best during that period. I skied about 12-15 pr of 100mm+ skis last season and many of them were variations on the Rockered theme. I liked one rockered ski well enough to buy it, but among the four skis I got last year, that one would be the first to go.
- Is this new ski going to be your only ski?
- If not, what else will you have?
- What is your weight, height, age and honest appraisal of your ability?
- How many days will you ski? and how much experience do you have with big mountains?
- Relative to most other skiers on big mountains where does your aggressiveness level fall?
- Do you have any interest in the park? riding switch?
- Would you prioritize speed and stability over finesse and manuverability or vice versa?
If you were looking at skis on the rack in our shop, these are the questions I'd ask before I suggested anything at all.