I ski on a very tight budget, and find pleasure in scoring older-model skis for cheap money. I'm an aggressive mogul skier, and I am pretty hard on equipment. I also (for some unexplained reason) love to ski thin cover. Being a cheapskate, however, trashing a pair of $1000 boards wouldn't sit well with me. OTOH, beating the hell out of a $100 pair of skis (and spending the entire evening dripping a half-dozen p-tex onto them) for a couple of hard runs down a half-exposed boulder field on occasion is a fair trade in my book.
I skied the better part of last season on a $65 ebay score of '03-'04 Saloman Crossmax 10P. They served me well for the 24 days I got in this season, but finally succumbed to abuse and one of the shovels split in two on what looks to be my final ski day (yesterday - what a sunburn - can't imagine the ski area will make it to next weekend). Infinitely better than last season's Atomic Metron 11Ti experiment - one of them absolutely shattered 4 hours in on the first day I skied them. Pshaw.
Overall, I thought the Crossmax 10s were great skis, especially in the moguls and in spring snow conditions. I really enjoyed skiing them, and the fact that they were easily the ugliest ski on the mountain was just a bonus. My only complaints were a lack of torsional rigidity in the tip/tail (sudden understeer while laying out deep and fast carves on the hard stuff), and I like a bit more of a lively feel - I prefer a ski with more rebound energy and snap out of turns, although this may go hand in hand with more torsional rigidity on the ends.
Any suggestions of similar era skis that might be close in performance to the Crossmax 10, but a little higher energy and more snap (especially in the tails)?
I realize this is a weird request, but that's all part of the fun. Thanks -