I live in NY and currently ski on Volkl Mantra's which I really like. However, I'd like to find a carving ski which is more suitable for boiler plate, hardpack conditions. In addition, the ski should be capable of skiing some bumps. I don't want a mogul ski since my 50 year old body won't allow me to ski bumps all day long, but I do enjoy sking them as long as my knees allow.
I demoed a number of skis yesterday which included Fischer Progressor 8 and 10, Salomon Enduro, Nordica Fire Arrow 80 and the Nordica Doberman Spitfire. My clear favorite was the Nordica Doberman Spitfire! However, when I returned the demos the guy in the ski shop told me that this would not be a good choice for me since the ski has two sheets of metal in it and wouldn't hold up if I skied it in the bumps. Is this true? If so, are there any other skis that I should be looking at that would have the same characteristics? My second choice from the ski's I demoed yesterday would be the Fischer Progressor 8, but I'm not sure I liked them enough to buy a pair. I've also been told that the K2 Charger might be a ski to look at. I'm 6'3" tall, so need to find a ski which is at least 175 cm long. The Mantra's I'm skiing on are 184cms.