44, 5"11, 195 pounds. Advanced skier? Ski Whitefish MT, mostly in the trees try to find pow. Dont ski in the park, dont ski switch. Not a hard charger. Like to slash and jump around a little, but nothing crazy. No big cliff drops, pretty mellow skier. 3rd year of skiing, ski 35-40 days a year.
In the past I skied Sir Francis Bacon and Magnum Opus. Wasn't really crazy about either of them, as they were too soft and got thrown around a lot. Granted, it was also my first 2 seasons skiing a lot. I also was skiing in some 80 flex Dalbellos and this year I upgraded to the Atomic Hawx 130 xtd and LOVE them.
This year I bought a pair of Blizzard Brahmas and really like them for groomer days. Not very playful, but I have gone faster this year on them than I ever have in the past. 46 mph so far, don't really see me going much faster than that. Fun to carve when the snow is firm. I used these on hard packed days or when night skiing in the crud.
I also got a pair of Sakanas and really like them. They are a blast in soft snow and the little bit of tree skiing that I have done so far this year (still a little skinny in the trees for my liking).
With both of these being more of a traditional mount point, I am thinking about getting rid of the Magnum Opus and going towards a more directional ski. I am looking for something that will be great in the morning pow, as I almost always get first few chairs, but will be good for busting through crud once everything gets pushed around.
I have always skied skis that are fairly light, up until the Brahma, and i kinda like the heavier feel. Not sure how the heavier skies will be in the trees though, but I have my Sakanas for that.
I found a good deal on some Black Ops 118 as well as some older Bent Chetlers. Should I go with something heavier like these, even though they are twin tip and more of a center mount, or is there a better option in something more directional? Love the look of the new BC 120s, but don't know if it would be that much different than my MOs