I've decided, Based on all the great feedback and info on this web site I am going to buy the Blizz 8.5 TI in a 181cm. Thanks very much to SJ and everyone else for the great input.
When you get the wifely nod only once every 5 years or so you want to do your best to get it right.
I'm feeling confident about the choice.
Go for it. The research on decision-making and satisfaction increasingly indicates that over analysis and too many choices actually create dissatisfaction. Do some research, demo a few if you can, pick a ski from a short list and love it. Never read another review until you've got the "wifely nod" the next time. Congrats on your choice. It'll be the greatest ski you've ever been on---until the next one.