Hi All. New to this site. Racking my brains over this decision.
I'm a very athletic and fast skier, level 9, more finesse than power according to my friends, but a former college racer. I weigh just under 150 lbs, I'm 43, in good shape. I ski the steeps, ice, bumps, trees, crud, everything.
My favorite moments are hugging the edge of a steep narrow trail making quick fall line turns, sometimes modified jump turns if there's no room or it's very steep. I also like cranking high speed short to medium radius turns on steep groomers/hardpack. I like bumps too but I've been able to make nearly any ski work in bumps. (Even my Volkl Mantas though they're not ideal for this). I like powder of course but have other skis for that.
So I'm looking for Eastern an ski that is a good carver, quick edge to edge, good rebound energy, and stiff enough to hold a high speed slalom ot GS turn on hard snow. Something in 68-76 mm range. Something to rip the steeps at Killington, Jay, and my home hill Berkshire East. Energetic end to a turn and quickness are high priorities.
Was thinking Slalom race ski but worried not versatile enough and I'm too light. I know a lot of these high performance skis have metal, but I think I've made metal work for me in the bumps before. Again I'll probalby make any reasonable ski under 80mm work in the bumps, so that's not the highest prioirity.
So here's my short list, from most to least promising:
Fischer Progressor 9
Fischer Progresor 10 (more versatile?)
Blizzard G Power FS (quicker/ better for short turns?)
Volkl TS 10 ft (too heavy and stiff for me?)
Kastle RX SL (new, not much info)
Nordica Firearrow 74 (versatile, but stiff enough?)
Dynastar Contact 4x4
I have no opportunity to test all of them. Help me narrow them down to a couple!