I caveat the title so specific as east coast generally includes everywhere above Massachusetts that I cannot particularly get to right now. I have done extensive research for the last 3 weeks and as soon as I get close to a particular ski choice I learn something new that dissuades me. I will try to make this short.
5'9", 185lbs, mid 40s, started skiing last season. Did single blacks on my first day and continue to enjoy the same to date. Some called me an "Athletic Intermediate" at first. Immediately bought 2013 K2 Impacts at 167cm. Started at little Massanutten, VA and worked my way to Snow Shoe, WV. Got excited this season and bought 2014 K2 Rictors at 177cm. I was tripping all over them due to the length but found them to be only a little stiffer than Impacts and just sold them on eBay. I think my perfect length is around 170 to 174 max but who knows.
Researched everything I could using 3 main topics. On The Snow 2013 and 2014 Frontside Editors Choice, then backed that up with YouTube video reviews, then Skis.com review. Believe it or not I consider myself at the very front end of an advanced skier. So far I have not hit a single black I could not handle near where I live. However, the double diamond at Snow Shoe scared the crap out of me. So that is what I want to confidently tackle next. I have thoroughly researched the following options.
Magnum 8.0Ti, Magnum 8.5TI
Volkl RTM 81 and 84 (to include Werks) - several indicate full rocker is both good and bad
Rossignol Pursuit HP
Kastle LX 82 and MX 83
Nordica Fire Arrow EDT
Sadly there are not too many demos near my local that I am aware of. By the way looking for a 70/30 or possibly an 80/20 ski. I am going back to Snow Shoe, WV later this month and they have the following demos that I will be trying since research alone is not cutting it. Should I try all of them below or lean towards 3-4 only. I really want to buy my own skis after demoing hopefully. At my wits end on research. Thanks for any advice.
Head REV 80 Pro, REV 85 Pro
Salomon Enduro XT 850, XT 800
Volkl RTM 81, 84, 84 Werks