fisheater wrote:Hello Karen,
Could I offer the suggestion that if you buy another set of skis you now have a quiver of two. I know for the most part people that switch to NTN seem to like it, however I have heard some people tried NTN and came back to NNN (3-pin) gear. Although I have no desire to go to NTN, from what I read it may be very helpful to you. That being said, the money you save on NTN boots could put a more active binding on your Mustang T-Stix. Then you can buy DPS Wailer for the powder days. That is why people have a couple different skis. As for ski recommendations, I am sure you will get a few here, however there are two other sites that seem to have more people interested in NTN and sidecountry skiing. Don't misunderstand me, there are people here that are knowledgeable about exactly the gear you speak of, there are just more people whom focus on that gear on the other sites.
If I was picking the skis, I would put a Vice on the T-Stix and I would put a Switchback X2 on a Supercharger for the sidecountry. There are a lot of good choices out there. You said you like skiing powder, buy a powder ski, and get a bit more active of a binding to help you on the groomed.
Good luck, let us know how you do.
This is not a bad idea. Thanks!