First, about me:
I'm 18, 5' 8", ~ 130 lbs, I guess I'd call myself a level 6-7 skiier (comfortable on any of our blacks and most double blacks, just working on the bumps and powder right now >.<) and teach at Silver Mt Resort in the NW.
I've been skiing for about 4 years and 2 seasons ago I got my Rossi Axiums (169cm, 69 waist) and have been skiing them ever since!
I really have been pushing myself this year, drilling with the other instructors and trying new things and all that fun stuff. And I think that my lil Axiums that've brought me all the way from the bunny hill to the glades have served their course under my feet.
I feel like I am outskiing them now, they chatter at what I now consider high speeds and that actually never occurred to me until I rode a new friend of mine's Head Monsters that are a couple years old. The change in the stability and overall crud-busting really made me realize that it's time for an upgrade.
So, now onto my current situation:
I'm really into the concept of a one-ski quiver type of thing. I understand that you make sacrifices in doing so but I just want something to accomplish all of my needs OK-ish so I don't end up spending as much on 2-3 pairs of skis.
I just started into the freestyle game (I can do a few grabs and show off my ski and 180, working on 360. Can do a box sideways about 50% of the time barely not making a fool of myself haha), I've always been an exceptionally good carver (so the race team says anyway) and I'm a little inexperienced in the pow but I've always been able to manage well enough to go into the deep stuff south of the border.
My "plan" if you will, is to find something to where I can still enjoy my edges on the steeps and deeps of the groomers, have enough float to where I can ski pow a little better hopefully, and still have a little.. "liveliness" as people call it.. for the park and for some hippity-hops on the sides of runs and preferably twin-tips as I've already dug my tails into the jump trying to do a switch 180 2 times now >.<.
The final component in my grand little scheme, is something I just recently saw in a local shop while looking at demo options, they're a kind of binding (can't remember the name, forgive me) where the entire mount moves as one unit with a simple key-screw looking tool that just turns on the front of the binding and slides the mount forward and back and has a built in ruler so you can see (in cm) how far forward or back you want to adjust your bindings. VERY COOL!
To me that says "Ahah! Swift versatility at a moment's notice!" for a nice carving tool at the recommended mounting position, a little more centered for the rails and switch landings, and a little back for some sweet fluffy pow runs!!
So, I would love opinions on skis that maybe I should look into demoing that would fulfill my dreams and desires haha, so to speak. :)
Also, any additional tips or advice I should take into account would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks to you all ahead of time! Sorry for the length!! ^^'