Hoping for some input from people that have skied one or all of these skis. I am 39 years old, 5'9" 190 lbs. I would say I am a level 8
type II (more like 2.5) skier. I ski exclusively in the North East.
I have been skiing on 2007 Blizzard CMX 10 IQ's for 5 seasons. although they handle quite nicely on groomed trails at 69 under foot they are a lot of work in crud and not good in the glades or on fresh snow. Last year I purchased a pair of 2009 Apache Recon 174s (without ever skiing them) from a friend because I got a great deal. After about 10 days on them I just dont like the way they ski. although it is a good ski when there is some fresh snow on the trails I find it performs quite poorly on the hardpack and especially on ice.
I am looking to to buy a ski that will be at home on the groomers were i spend 90% of the time but also perform decently in the Glades at Jay Peak. when i have a chance to get up there and in fresh snow.
I skied the Contact Cross on a really nice day on typical Northeaster hardpack and I loved them . I love to carve and they do that wonderfully. However at just 72 under foot I am not sure how they would perform in the glades or in 6" of fresh snow. I have heard good things about both the Blizzard Magnum 7.6 and the Fischer Motive 80, and also may consider the Dynastar Sultan 80. Any input would be greatly appreciated.