Originally Posted by dawgcatching
A guy from our shop, who grew up at K-Mart, said the Elan 999 would be the ultimate East-coaster ski for backside use. Super quick for a ski of it's relatively large radius, rules in bumps, very soft tip, so great in wind crust, but more stable in crappy snow than the S7. He is skiing the 185cm at 6 foot 1.
I have never skied back East, but I will take his word for it. He is a very good skier. The 999 is a narrower (same layup) version of the 1010 that I ski, which is as quick or quicker than anything else I have skied in that width (same league in quickness as the S7, also just more stable in cut-up crud). Just a little wide for bumps and lesser snow conditions, though, and I bet the 999 would be a superb choice due to the narrower width.
Katana as BWPA mentioned would also be a good choice. Very similar to the 1010, not quite as quick, but a touch more stable.
dawg while I respect your opinion and I think you way under rate yourself as a skier.
We dont ski woods here in a turn shape anywhere near the sidecut of any of the skis being mentioned above. Rockered skis make so much more sense for what the OP Jtripodi and myself and Epic skiing woods due the quickness and pivotiness. It doesnt matter how good of a skier you are rockered(but normal sidecut) will be easier and quicker to ski in the woods on the east coast.
remember quite recently I was a anti fun shape person, then I made the mistake of trying some again in tight confines. I am now selling of my non rockered off piste skis and buying shorter and narrow but rockered skis.
I dont think you can fanthom how tight the woods can be, take your tightess woods and that would be as open our cut glades. Our woods(IE non marked non cut areas of the mountain) are so tight people out west wouldnt even look to ski in them.