I have just finished a few days demoing skis at Whistler/Blackcomb, and after a few false starts ended up testing the BMX88@188cm and the LX82@180cm. Mountain conditions were mixed-6-8 inches of fresh light powder on top of packed snow at the top, to powder on hardpack/bumps to cement, to sheet ice, to slush. Perfect for testing out skis in a variety of conditions. I had a great time with both skis for different reasons. BMX88 were really smooth, damped , forgiving, but excellent fun in the crud and on groomers, on packed out bumps, but for some reason I really struggled with them in the powder-coated bumps (perhaps because it was a total whiteout), but they weren't quite responsive enough in such varied conditions.
LX82s were incredibly fun in everything apart from the groomers when the snow became a little cruddy. At higher speeds they were a little shaky. On packed bumps they were awesome-incredibly maneuverable and great fun in the deeper snow and powder-coated bumps.
I do not want anything stiffer (particularly in the tail) or much fatter than either of these skis. Ideally, I'd pick a ski that was the blend of the two- quick and responsive like the LX82, but stable and smooth like the BMX88 in the crud. It seems from reading reviews here and elsewhere that the LX92 might be that ski. I know it is out of production for this year, but there are some still available, and I wondered whether anyone had thoughts about this.
Background: I am 40, 6'3", 230lbish, fairly aggressive, good all round skier-not what would probably be termed expert here-but can ski pretty much the whole mountain (apart from steep chutes). Home skiing base is Alpine meadows/Squaw, so ski about 60% crud & bumps, 30% groomer (often with kids) 10% deep snow.