Thanks to all of you for your comments. Based on your suggestions, I spent a full day yesterday at Squaw's demo center. So far, I have skied the Mantra (184), the Kendo (184), the Rossi S86 (186) and the Watea 84 (184).
I had a lot of fun covering the mountain, trying to put these skis into different conditions. It was my first opportunity to ski anything wider than 78mm under foot. Each ski exhibited slight differences. I was especially impressed with the edging capabilities of these mid-fat skies. I just rolled them on edge, they hooked up and I smiled. We also found some softer stuff to zip through and, again, it was great fun. They are very responsive and made my confidence grow as I pushed them (and myself).
I ran out of time and energy to continue my search. I am anxious to start phase two ASAP. I hope I can find and test the following:
- Kastle MX88 (188)
- Sultan 85 or 94 (184)
- Prophet 90 (186)
That will give me seven "mid-fat" skis to choose from (if I can find them). I know now that one of these will become my new daily ski. Later, I'm sure a mid-90 or above will join the quiver. Wow baby, skiing is fun again! Thanks.