Hoping to get a recommendation on a ski to fill out a quiver (assuming a quiver can ever be full...)
190lbs, very fit, 6'3", 45 years old, expert but still improving as I ski more consistently. Home mountain is Big Sky/Moonlight and ski the whole mountain, happiest in the steeps. Ski 20-30 days a year.
Currently ski most days on a 180cm Bonafide-- a great ski for me on a mountain that can have such varied conditions top to bottom. Use a 185cm Nordica Unleashed Hell for soft and deeper days, or for when I just want to mix it up. But I'm looking for something for groomer cruising with my intermediate-skill friends or when skiing with my school-age kids. And for days when it has not snowed in a while, in firm-snow bumps and trees. The snow rarely gets really hard here (at least compared to my East Coast roots skiing boilerplate). Pure carvers seem like overkill.
Have a chance to get a screaming deal on some Blizzard Magnum Ti 8.5 in 181cm with Griffon demos on it. Skis are in great shape and seemed like a good addition at 85mm underfoot, and I won't cry when the kids run them over. I was thinking about a Nordica 84 EDT but think that may be even more hard-snow biased than I need and really need speed to come alive.
Any thoughts-- wish I could ski these but not gonna happen. Other skis I should consider for demo next season if I were to pass on the 8.5's?