Good point, my Dynastar Contact 4x4s are cheater GS-type that have the need for speed, so you really need a hill with some vertical to make them come alive. Beyond that though, they suck pretty much everywhere else. Soft snow, bumps, trees.......fuhgettaboutit. Far too stiff. A 1-or-2 trick pony unfortunately.
If only speed and long groomers are on the menu, then a cheater would work. But to hop around the mountain and duck into the trees and bumps? Nope. Get something more versatile. Personally I'd go with something in the mid-80s or so that the OP describes. Lots of good skis in that range for east coast, more versatile, can carve up the hardpack, yet duck in the soft/rough stuff on occasion.
Suggestions: MX83, E88, Rev 85 Pro, 88XTi, Magnum 8.5 Ti.....something like that.