Slowly coming round to the idea that all I *need* ski wise is a fat ski and a not so fat high 80s ski, and that should make skiing on all terrain fun, with no gaps. Sure, I won't get race performance out of a high 80s waisted ski, but as long as I feel like I'm going fast, in control, and I'm having fun, I don't mind. The ski should do what my Volkl Shiro's don't (hard pack and ice) , and be able to blast through crud without being knocked about too much.
Essentially, I *think* need a 60/40 piste / off piste, relatively stiff ski with very good edge hold, capable of dealing with pistes at speed, a reasonably short turn radius (nothing over 20m, preferably a fair bit less), with a bit of tip rocker for crud and the odd cm of powder.
I don't think I need all five of those requirements to be met, but 4/5 would be good.
Aggressive skier, approx 25-30 weeks skiing
Will ski off piste whenever possible
Some skis that I believe would fit these categories, but with which I've no prior experience are:
Blizzard Bushwhacker (Probably at 173, although depending on turn radius maybe 166)
Volkl Kendo (170... again possibly 163 but I think that's too short, would give a shorter turn radius though)
BBR 8.9 176
K2 Iron Maiden (at 169 or 194 - these are marketed as a all mountain & park ski, although I don't see how that would impede edge hold?)
I was going to include a couple of Kastle skis in this, but I just wouldn't be able to afford them.
Those familiar with these skis, could you please let me know how well they fit into what I want them to do, or suggest any other skis that might work?