Originally Posted by Edge1
Sorry for the confusion, Bob. I'm asking for a good second ski to use only in Colorado to go with the Mantra.
I think some people's recommendations for your first ski might change if they knew you were bringing two pair- I haven't skied the Mantra, but have heard most say that it is stiffer than most soft snow specific powder skis. Looking at the descriptions above, the Mantra is a good choice if bringing one pair.
I think some of it depends on how long a trip you will be taking and what you like to ski when it hasn't snowed for a while:
1. For trips of a week or less, you could look at the amount of recent snow and the 7 day forecast and get a good idea of the conditions you'll get most of the time. If no recent/expected snow, then your skinny ski and something like the Mantra would probably be a good choice. If lots of recent/expected snow Mantra and a powder specific ski.
2. One difficulty that I have had in getting set on a quiver is that many skis that are good on firm groomers are not necessarily good on firm bumps and skied out off piste, yet you are likley to get these 3 conditions at the same time. What you will mostly ski when faced with these 3 choices will likely influence which ski is best as your hasn't snowed in a while ski. I bought the Watea 84 thinknig that I would mostly stick to the bumps and off piste, but after having my ACL reconstructed last Nov, I am not sure if the plan is the same.