Well, I have upgraded to 21st century skis. After a few demo runs each on the Brahma and the Latigo on Sunday, I stopped at a shop on the way home and bough a pair of Latigo 177's and Marker Griffon bindings. They should be ready in a couple of days.
It was a bit odd at first to see so much of the front of the ski floating over the snow when on a flat groomed surface, but when I put them on edge they just wanted to go. I preferred the edge-to-edge quickness of the Latigo over the Brahma. My old skis had a 64mm waist, so 78 was not quite so large a leap as 88. I flew down the groomed trails. Even when the new snow on top made things a bit messy, I was able to just cut right through it. We have tons of snow in Central NY right now and the bump runs are the best they have been in several years. I have been skiing on 160's for years, and I wasn't sure that I would be happy in the bumps on a 177. There was nothing to fear. I was zipping through the bumps with more confidence than ever.
I don't know the technical details as well as most folks on here, but I know that when I had to give the demo skis back, I only took 2 more runs on my old skis before I decided to pack up and head to the ski shop.
Now I just need to get my wife to try a pair of Cheyenne's! Of course she only skis these days when the sun is shining, which means pretty much never around here!