I am 55 years old, 180lbs, 6'2", love speed, blasting through crud, and carving down a wind-blown icy slope. 70/30 on piste,
My all-time favorite skis were my Atomic Metron EX's at 175, they performed excellent in all the above conditions (my knees no longer permit me to spend much time in the bumps). They had excellent edge control, allowed both snappy short and GS turns, and they were fast.
Last year I sold the Metrons and bought new Nordica Hellcats 178. Maybe because of the width, added length, or both, I found them to be squirrley on the groomers and ice, therfore not as fast as the Metrons. And for all the added width, I found the Hellcats to be no better in crud, without much added benefit in powder.
I sold the Hellcats after 1/2 season of skiing and would prefer a ski much like the Metrons, fast on ice and groomers, fearless in crud, and respectable in powder, with quick edge-to-edge response.
What do you suggest?