I've been skiing a pair of magnum 7.6 170's for a couple of years now mostly in Maine and have loved them...most of the time. The conditions where and when I ski seem to be mostly hard and icy with some crud and the magnums excel under these conditions (at least for me). I love that they feel super stable on hard pack and even ice and I don't think I've ever owned a ski that turned as quickly, and that's really what I'm into now, tight, fast turns.
However, on those days when a lot of wet snow falls I have a really hard time (especially when it gets all mounded up in the late morning and afternoon). I feel like the tails of the magnums keep getting caught up and prevent me from executing the kinds of turns I'd like to and as a result I end up going faster and sitting farther back than I'd like.
I've pretty much always owned skiis that had this same problem (K2-4's, Salomon X-Screams) and it never really occurred to me that it might be the skiis holding me back in these conditions until I saw how my brother's Wateas handled.
So I guess what I'm looking for is a ski for the afternoons and after heavy wet snowfalls when there's nothing but ice and thick piles built up.