Hey all - this seems like a great community, and very knowledgeable... so perhaps you can help me find a new west coast ski!
Me: Somewhere around "expert" but not a pro. Skiing for 15 years, but my days vary between 5 - 15. Comfortable everywhere, but not looking to prove it to everyone by cliff-jumping. Happy to spend a day cruising with friends, but prefer bumps and trees.
Current Skis: I generally ski east coast on my Volkl Tigersharks. I love them for the cruddy, icy snow - they blow through anything and you can carry some heavy speed on the less-than-exciting "steeps" out here. But they're heavy, thick, and way too stiff for the type of skiing I do out west, which is more ungroomed and "side-piste" type skiing.
What I'm After: For my west coast trips (usually Colorado, occasionally Park City) since I can only travel with one ski, I need something versatile enough to ski any condition (ruling out the big-powder / backcountry skis). But I want something performance oriented to focus on the more technical skiing that will allow me to tackle the bowls and bumps in a way I just can't do on the Tigersharks. I'm willing to sacrifice the speed for a quick turner that floats better, even if it means less stability on piste. Cost is of course a consideration, but not a primary driver.
What should I be looking at? Who's making the best all-mountain / freerides right now? I've heard good things about the Head Peak 82s, but have never really thought of them as in the top-tier of manufacturers. Maybe that's changed? What's the real deal on rocker skis? Should I be taking them seriously for my skiing style?
Help me out!