I demo'd a pair of Salomon XW Fury 170's at Heavenly last week - 4" fresh snow the night before. For me the Furys turned well and felt very stable going fast down groomers, and went right through the skied up crud off piste like it wasn't even there. I spent a good part of the morning working on controlled turns sking under the chair lifts, and in the afternoon skied the trees off the Olympic Express lift with my girlfriend (who's a much better skier and prefers powder and trees, and bumps). First time for me skiing trees! The combination of soft/slow conditions, relatively open and moderately sloped terrain, and my confidence that day on the Furys left me with my best day skiing ever, and a better appreciation of why so many people spend so many of their waking hours dreaming of getting back out there! ;-)
Along that line I'm trying to make it to Vail for a few days the week of April 12th, and after speaking with a couple folks and reading a lot of comments on this board am interested in demoing a pair of Line Prophet 100 skis, and also the Salomon Furys again. I've never really had a good opportunity to experience true powder skiing, but it sounds like the Prophet 100s could really help me there, yet work reasonably well on groomers and moguls. I understand the Furys would require more of me on powder, but they felt so good that one day I'd like to see if I have the same experience again. One way or another I have a powder learning curve to work through, and people have learned to ski powder on skinnier skis than the Furys.
So, can anyone recommend a place in Vail where I could demo both of these skis?
Also, I'm interested in getting some instruction while in Vail. Ideally I could go out in the morning and ski for an hour or two, loosen up and get acquainted with the skis I'm using that day, then connect with someone for a couple of hours, and finish the day continuing to work on things.
Based on where I'm at anyone in particular I might seek out?
Thanks in advance for any feedback.