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looking for intermediate all mountain ski

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I am 52 160 pounds and ski 5 to 6 times a year.  I ski the blues mostly.  Don't go off trail.  I have a ski with a 72 waste.  Ski Tahoe  area mostly.  I am looking for a ski for powder days.  Any suggestions? Thinking of something in the 80 to 90 waist range. 

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Go to Ski Mag gear review and check out the "mixed snow" section of skis.  You'll want one that is a little more intermediate friendly.  If you ski Tahoe and like powder days go for a easy turner between 90 & 100 rather than 80 to 90.  I'm 51, 145 lbs but ski expert and my ski of choice is the Volkl Mantra.  For me it's a great all-around one quiver ski with a traditional camber, which I still prefer.  It's a great ski but might be a little stiff so look at the new Volkl Kendo (ok, I'll admit it, I'm still a Volkl fan).  Other skis with a traditional camber you might want to check out are the Kastle. 

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Thanks.

Wondering how important rocker in the ski would be?  I was thinking about the 80 to90 range.  You don't find the larger width too difficult to manuver?

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If you're skiing the blues, the rocker isn't that important.  You would do fine with a traditional camber.  As far as moving around all that width, no problem at all.  It's a little more work in the bumps but I would never choose a ski below 90 again for western skiing.  Besides you stated you wanted something to help you in the powder and narrower than 90 just won't cut it as well. 

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