-I'm 38 years old, 5'9 180 lbs level 8+/- skier
-Currently have 180 Atomic GS9's, and 164 Atomic Nomad Black Eyes
Up until this year I've been skiing about 30-40 days a season at Killington. I typically ski a mix of bumps and groomed, along with some time in the trees. Favorite Killington trails: Devil's Fiddle, Vertigo, Needles Eye Liftline, Ovation, Royal Flush, Escapade, The Lights, Big Dipper, Sky Hawk, Great Bear, Low Rider, North Star, etc. Starting this season I'll be skiing primarily at Stowe, not as many days though, I have a 6 week old daughter so I won't have as much time to ski this season. At Stowe, my favorites are Nosedive, National, Hayride, Liftline, Chinclip, Hacket's, etc. I haven't spent as much time at Stowe, so this list is incomplete.
The Nomads are new, but I plan to use them for my everyday ski. The GS9's will come out on those firm fast days to bomb hardpack groomers. I'm interested in adding a powder ski to the quiver. It should be nimble enough to hop into the trees, and soft enough to handle the bumps that will form on a powder day...probably no ice bumps, but would definitely be looking to hop into Goat (had a blast doing laps on my wedding day, which was the big St. Patty's day storm). From what I've been reading the Mantras are probably a bit stiff for what I'm looking for. The other characteristic is they should be durable, I tend to ski with a lot of force, except in the deepest powder, so I've blown out edges on some of my previous skis. I realize that no ski will be impervious to this, but would prefer to look at skis that will tend to hold up better.