pollymath wrote:and I have rolling, untouched snow and terrain right out my back door...and I miss the little rush of going fast downhill.
I re-read your OP this evening and it again left me a little confused as to what you want or what you are after...
Sounds like you have excellent fresh snow out your backdoor on gentle to moderate terrain?
What's the snow like? Deep and dry?
I am wondering why you are concerned about choosing a ski that also performs on consolidated snow?
Do you have a boot that you like- or do you have one in mind?
If the terrain is not steep then you don't need a downhill boot...
It would probably help us help you if we were clear on:
1) the terrain you want to ski on.
2) the snow you want to ski on.
3) the boot you have or have in mind.