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Oh scratch that
Now im nervous. I do not usually come down the mountain at high speeds. I like to stay in a tight line doing many turns. Like i said i ski mogul style on all the mountain. Out west ill hit the trees out of bounds bowls and moguls. If it needs to be 1 ski would the Rx8 be best suitable? Any other suggestions? I know im sounding like my wife. There seems to be conflicting feedback here.
If you want one ski to "do it all" you have to make some sacrifices. Finding out what those are is the key. If you are this unsure you probably shold be demoing.
Have you considered an all mountain twin like the Head Mad Trix or Big Stix 8.0? It seems like the obvious choice givne your desire for an all mountain ski for booth coasts that is good in bumps and park.
Mogul turns are generally higher on the rotation and less on the carving factors. They are not RR track type turns. A ski like the RX8 or any in the hyper carver category is designed for such high speed carved turns. The wide tip helps on the carved initiation. Also the hyper carvers are stiffer to provide better highspeed stability. In Moguls the wide tip can cause you to over initiate when your tips hit the trough or front of a bump. At worst this will cause the tip to get hung up and you will toe eject out of your bindings. The stiffer tip can knock you off blance and either into the backseat or over the handel bars. For that reason many people preffer a relatively softer flexing ski with a straighter profile for bumps.
That siad I ski my T50 5*s in bumps nearly every day out and I usually have an fine time. How good generally depends on the shape and hardness do of the bumps. Rounder and softer = better. Oblong and icy = worse. So a SL ski si a good enough solution for bumps, but its not designed to be a great bump ski.
So I agree with the other posters that your style and chosen ski seem to be at a disconnect. You siad you ski mogul style everywhere. If you aren't carving most of your turns why do you want carving SL skis? A softer ski with a longer natural turn radius might be better suited to bumps and will proably work better with your technique (nless I am really confused). For example the K2 Axis X or the Atomic R9 are very versatile skis that should be skiable for all mountain on both coasts and should work well with your skiing style. Anything but the hardest eastern ice or the heaviest out west crud will be do-able on those.
For somethign a bit more current a nice turny midfat like the Rossignol B1, B2, dynastar 4800, 8000, or Bigstix 8.0 comes to mind. All are good bump skis and would be skiable on both coasts. The Big Stix 8.0 is also a twin for the park. I would worry abotu the wider waist (80mm) beign a bit too much in east coast bumps. A narrower waisted "all mountain" twin tip like the Head Mad Trix (75mm waist) may be the best solution.