Gal hates to shop but needs a new board
It's time for a new board: I'm currently riding a Salomon Ivy from 2002. Yes, 2002. I did say that I hate to shop.
Personally, I'd say I have advanced intermediate skills because I have some absolutely fabulous spills. Talk to other folks and they say I'm advanced.
I'm 47. 5'6". 155#. Size 8 shoe.
You'll never find me in the park. I love the trees. I can manage the bumps but I cuss more as the season progresses. The steeps are my nemesis: I commit at least one somersault for every three turns or I pussyfoot my way down. I'm indifferent to groomers 'cause they're really only a way to get from A to B, unless I can dip into the trees along the edge. Did I say I like trees? I live in Colorado, so powder performance is important too.
My biggest wish? Less tumbles on the steeps and better control on my turns. I end up boarding by myself because I hate making my friends (skiers who love the steeps) wait while I brush myself off and get the snow out of my pants. Sometimes they stay for the entertainment value. It would just be nicer to be able to keep up. (Yes, I know that's down to my skills, but I'm thinking new gear could get me out of this rut)
I don't have a quiver of boards. Just one board. Call me monogamous. I'm ok spending up to $600 on a board, because I hate to shop. Of course, I don't have to spend that much money, but I'm not going to look for another board for at least 5 or more years.
I've been looking at a Never Summer Raven, Prior Brandywine, Nidecker Princess, Jones Mothership, High Society Scarlet and a Palmer Liberty.
But I'm wondering if the Nidecker Princess and Jones Mothership are built more for charging and I'll be unhappy in the trees.
I've also heard Palmer has delamination issues.
I'm open to other suggestions and other brands. Most of the brands I've listed seem to be boutique brands, because it's easier to chat with the smaller shops around (Colorado) than grinding through the big sales pitch from the larger retailers. I'm just a bit overwhelmed.