I am looking for the perfect do everything ski (aren't we all). The ski mags try to define the "best ski" but don't take into account personal skiing style. For instance, the Volkl Tierra is often rated highly as an all mountain ski but note that it’s not for moguls. Well, seeing as I ski Mary Jane (long mogul runs), Breckenridge (they groom most everything) and Vail (big powder bowls and trees) in CO I definitely need a ski that, in order of importance, does tight trees, powder, can carve the steep groomers, is stable at moderate speed, doesn’t slip out on ice and still get me around moguls. So I could use your advice. About me: Female, 45, 150lbs. I ski single blacks but skip the double blacks. So I am a decent skier but not aggressive due to old knee injuries (ripped cartilage and meniscus). I go around moguls rather than bouncing down them due to the faulty knee springs. I will be venturing into the park and pipe just a bit following my 7year old son.
I demoed a lot of skis last season but liked very few. Here are the ones that did not work for me:
K2 Lotta Love – Chattered a lot, couldn't vary turn size, didn't release easily
Rossignol Bandit B2
K2 Burning Luv - Not good on icy hardpack
Saloman Jade - no flow from edge to edge
Volkl Tierra - planky, not good in mogals
Volkl Aura - planky, fun, but wouldn't single foot carve
Volkl Feugo - great carver, too stiff for powder
Atomic 7th Heaven - noodlely
Salomon Gun - wouldn't carve just skid
Head Monster 82 - too planky/stiff
Rosignol Voodo 80 - OK
Roxy Joyrider - didn't initiate turns well in powder - not sure why
Atomic Crimson - planky, fun, but wouldn't single foot carve
Dynastar Exclusive Legend - nice turn initiation but no energy
Salomon Origins - easy turning but not enough rebound
Also, a few other non-memorable too soft, too wimpy ladies skis.
Here are the ones I like, but aren't quite right:
Rossignol Scratch Girl BC Team - good in powder and moguls worried that they may be too soft to be stable at speed on groomers. Never found them to try on a non-powder day.
Head Monster 78 - amazing carver, can make very quick turns and releases easily so can make both short and large arcs. Lots of energy/rebound, stable at speed and good on ice and crud. My only problem was that they dive in powder for me. The rep says they are the same stiffness as the 82s but same material times wider results in a less easy to bend ski.
Fisher Watea 84 - similar to Head 78, good at carving but not as fun (not as much energy)
Volkl Bridge - Best day and worst day on these. In powder and soft groomers they were great! Amazingly quick and smooth edge to edge for their width (92). Fast turn initiation and easy to release. These things can actually single foot carve around moguls. Lots of rebound. However on an icy hardpack day, I could not hold an edge.
I need something no stiffer than the Monster 78s but wider for more lift in the powder. I need a ski that can single foot carve, gives me confidence in the moguls, and is stable at speed on hardpack and in crud (not too soft a ski). I am particularly looking for quick turn initiation and easy turn release to allow for varied arcs in the trees. Lots of people seem to like very fat skis but they are rarely interested in moguls, tight turns in trees or carving their turns like I am. So they will like a very different ski than I will.
Skis that have been recommended to me by sales guys:
Nordica Dead Money
Head Mojo 90
Head Sweet Fat Thang
Dynastar Legend 8000
I have not tried any of these and would like your opinion on if any of them would be a good fit for my style or if there is something better out there that I missed.
Thanks for your help!