This is not a "Ski Review", merely a data report and a question...
I just spent a week (6 ski days) in JH: 2 days of heavy liquid cement, 1 day of 2-3 inches of snow over ice (frozen cement), 1 day of about 10 inches of snow, the next day with that same snow semi-scraped away and clumped up, and last day with snow evolving into liquid cement again.
I (5'9" 150#) started the week with the skis I own: 173 Blizzard Bushwackers. I got these last year, among other reasons, because I like the fact that I can control them in tight spaces. But, on the big steeps at JH, with bumps and heavy snow, I felt like I was getting kicked around on the BWs. I could stay on them, but it took a huge energy input.
At the demo place, I explained the issue and they suggested that I try skis that are wider and/or damper. They suggested three skis: Blizzard Bonafide, Volkl Mantra, and Rossi Sin 7. I rejected the BB because I thought it would overpower me, and also the Mantra, based on the mixed reviews here on Epic. So I checked out the Sin 7 (in 172), which I've demo'ed before but not in these conditions.
At first, I thought I liked the Rossi -- it is both damper and wider, and I rode over the bumps, piles, etc. with less effort. But after a day on these, I admitted to myself that they weren't optimal -- I couldn't really control them on stops and turns. It was almost like they were over-waxed -- I couldn't dig in when / as quickly as I needed to.
So I went back to the demo place and described my problems (limited to skiing of course). I thought I might just not be used to the extra width of the Rossi compared to my BWs. But the guy there said he didn't think width was the issue and suggested I try the Nordica N-rgy 100 (in 169). I asked him about the N-rgy 90, but he felt strongly that I should first try the 100. Well, these were really nice skis! I had a full day on them: they were stable, reassuring, confidence-building. They felt like a full cambered "bomber" ski on steeps, but with enough early rise to be unaffected by crud. Although stable, they did not ski "heavy".
I liked them so much, I'm tempted to see if there are any end-of-season sales on these. Short of that, my question -- to those of you in the know -- is: what else is out there like the N-rgy 100 (in the 90-100 range) that I might want to demo next season?