I just got back from a big demo day at Squaw this Saturday. Tried eight skis over the course of the day. Would love some advice as I sort through what I learned. I'm 6'2", 170lbs (thin), advanced intermediate -> advanced. I like short turns and am not particularly aggressive. I ski intermediate to advanced runs, though I tend to mainly stay on the tougher parts of the intermediates.
Here were my demos, in order. I tried a wide range as I was trying to get a sense of differences:
- Volkl Manta: Lots of fun on Granite Chief at the beginning of the day, but in the end I'm just not that big a powder guy and these didn't really handle like I'm used to.
- Salomon Lord: Squirly. Didn't like.
- Dynastar Mythic Rider (179): First ski of the day I really liked. It felt a bit long but I loved that it was faster. Only complaint was that it seemed to slip out from under me and at the tail a bit more than I liked.
- Head Peak 88 (169): Tried the shorter ski and really liked this. Held the edge really well and turned nicely.
- Salomon Tornado TI (173): Didn't really like this--didn't hold the edge well and was too thin for the crud and powder
- Blizzard Magnum 8.1 (172): Much better than the Tornado on the turns...still a bit thin for the crud.
- Blizzard Magnum 8.7 (174): Favorite ski of the day. Like the 8.1 but better in crud.
- Blizzard Titan Atlas (173): Liked this ski at the top but had trouble controlling it when speeding down the bottom of the run. At the end of the day my knees were weak, but this was too much ski for me compared to the 8.7.
So, my favorite width was the 87-88mm range. The Blizzards all had the best overall feel. So I'm looking at Blizzard skis in the 87-88mm range...that means The Magnum 8.7 and the Titan Cronus (based on a great review by SierraJim, and the IQ Max Slider bindings).
Any other recommendations? Based on my experience above, any others I should think about?