Alex, you have very legitimate reasons to be torn. I personally think the Bacon will be able to handel the ice, the tight trees and about anything you can throw at this ski. But if you still have worries i think the 98 would be a great choice. The 98 is built a little stiffer and will definitely handle the ice a little bit better. I use the K2 Kung Fujas as my touring ski and it has been a great touring ski because it handles the variable snow really well. So if I were you I would go with the Bacon but if your a little uneasy about it I would also recommend the 98, K2 kung Fujas or i also think the Volkl Gotama would also be a great fit for you. With the Length i would go with something shorter but no shorter than 176 ish. Longer skis will surprise you that there turning radius isn't much different, but back east you can get away with a little shorter ski.