I'm a 170 pound male level 8 skier looking to add a pair of skis for this season. This year I'll be skiing at Squaw in the Tahoe area. Last year I posted this:
Currently, I only own Dynastar Mythic Riders 172 cm, which I had a great season on last year. They truly seem to be able to handle everything on the mountain, and I had great times last year on the backside at Alpine, the trees at Homewood, and they even carved on the groomed stuff pretty well. I thought they were decent at carving, heavy enough to get through crud, stable at high speeds, and they had a good amount of rebound and liveliness that made quick snappy-skiing and bumps fun.
The only place I felt they weren't quite enough was seriously deep powder. They definitely weren't bad, but clearly an 85 mm ski can't quite compare to fatter skis in deep powder. A little more float in 18+ in. of snow would have been nice (and we certainly had a good number of those days last season), as I felt I had to exert a decent amount of control to keep my tips from sinking.
Anyway, I'm looking to pick up cheap 2010 demo powder skis for the coming season. I've found Watea 101 182 cm, Watea 114 176 cm, and Rossignol SC 97 170 cm in good-excellent condition with bindings for ~$400 each.
Are these guys fat enough or different enough to justify adding to the collection with the Mythic Riders? Which of these skis do people prefer for deeper days? What else should I look at that can be found cheaply in the offseason? If not strictly for powder, are any of these good additions to a two-ski quiver?