Mt. Rose. Chowder pretty much everywhere, ranging from ankle to knee deep.
Me: 6'2", 175, level 8-ish or so. Usually ski at moderate speeds, although if I'm feeling confident I'll open the throttle. Being a New Englander, I'm used to skiing on narrower skis
173cm Blizzard Bonafides. They were remarkably stable for being short. I was being cautious because I didn't really want to hit a rock hard, but they pushed through the chowder / crud piles without getting noticeably deflected. I couldn't really test edge grip (at least not what I call edge grip) because there wasn't any hard snow available. They definitely felt a little sluggish getting up to edge, but then again -- I'm used to skis 10, 20mm narrower. I wish I had gotten a chance to try the 180cm version, but it was always out when I got back to the demo tent.
178cm Blizzard Cochise: I realize there's a large contingent of people who love this ski, but I'm not one of them. Skiing bumps on this was a nightmare, I felt like I just couldn't get it up on edge. i.e., groomers, chowder, crud, bumps -- I couldn't find a condition where I liked this. Maybe if I was more willing to open the throttle -- like wide open -- it would have responded better, but at moderate speeds, I hated it.
184cm DPS Wailer 99 : Philpug had these in his truck and let me borrow them for Friday at Squaw. We skied everything on Friday : groomers (well, to get back to the lift), chutes, trees, wide open bowls, bumps, sun-baked, wind-blown and honest-to-goodness powder. It took me about two turns to forget about the skis and just go (and our warm-up run was the West Face of KT22). I could pivot them easily to get out of some tight spots, they were hugely forgiving of technique flaws, it's impossible to get the tips to dive... I could go on forever. These skis rock.