i dunno if i need to go as wide as a DP or Armada at this juncture. i think i need to get comfortable with my current quiver (5 skis is a lot, even if you're doing 39+ days).
btw, since joining these forums, i notice that quite a lot of folks are into purchasing used skis.
last season when i was splurging on my quiver i asked my buddy who lives in truckee and is an ex-tech having worked at both Alpine and Northstar and an ex-snowboard racer/current tele fiend about buying demos and/or used skis. since i was gravitating toward wood core planks, he highly discouraged me from doing so given that if they'd been ridden hard and aggressive they would have lost a lot of their snap and pop. he was pretty much of the mind that if you had the money and could hold out for the mid-to-end-of-season deals to just buy new skis (his suggestion may have also been somewhat prompted by the fact that i hadn't had new gear in 17+ years, but i don't think that facorted in too much).