When I'm at the resorts, I'm in the trees. I'll be in anything from mellow to steeeep, open to tight. I'm very aggressive and thus very picky about finding a ski to meet my needs in the trees. Currently, I'm skiing Rossignol S3's and they handle the trees like nothing I've ever ski'd. It was a complete game changer when I switched to them 3 seasons ago. However, they are getting pretty banged up from 3+ million vertical feet, and are going to need to be retired soon.
What I love about the S3's and what I'm looking for in a new pair:
Flex: they are very flexible. I feel like it allows for more contact with the snow on banked turns and other obstacles. That being said, I have not tried a super stiff ski in the trees, but I just don't see it working. When the trees get tight and steep, I'll wash turns more than carve to manage speed.
Full twin tip: they are less likely to catch a tip. When managing speed or dodging obstacles, I'll need to wash the tail sometimes ahead of the tips downhill. Great switch ski too
Rocker/Camber/Rocker profile: they handle well in various snow conditions. Tree conditions change numerous times in a single tree run, and they adjust to it all.
Responsiveness: the wood core makes them very light, and allows for quick turns and washes. They do what I want when I want with minimal effort involved, which keeps the fatigue low from a lot of turns.
Playful: they butter and ski switch well. I'm no park skiier by any means, but I ski switch quite a bit. They go fast and carve well switch. They also have a nice pop to them.
Welllll that sounded more like a review of the S3's, but you get the jist of what I'm looking for now hopefully. Essentially. tree ski'ability is my first priority in a new pair, but I would also like them to have some park ski features to them as listed above. I have ski'd for 20+ years and consider myself a pretty strong and confident skier on all terrains.
Any suggestions would be most welcome and appreciated. Thanks!