Just posted a comment over on your poll thread, with suggestions for alternatives in the 70's that handle ice better. Suggest you calm down about this and ask yourself how much of your interest is being nervous on ice, versus liking to challenge it. As far as Rossi's, the older Radical OS models are very nice on ice for lighter skiers, comparatively forgiving, but too narrow to be very happy in crud. The newer ones are wider, but harder to handle. The Avenger series is nice but more all-mountain. I like the idea of Stockli SX's, but not so sure they'll be ideal for an intermediate. The CX model doesn't give up much at all and is more forgiving. Dawgcatching had a great, very accurate review of both. Realize they are $$; if you can go that high, the Kastle RX70 is also sweet.
As far as race skis or cheaters, have any of you read the OP's poll post, where he mentions he's a high intermediate?
Edited by beyond - 4/23/11 at 12:19pm