Lib Tech - bought a pair of last year's NAS (99mm) to set up as an AT rig. I am intrigued by the "Magnetraction" and the nice, stiff flex.
Prior - I have wanted to demo these for the past 2 seasons. Prior is one of the few companies that does a wonderful job of promoting their wares via a road trip. They actually post a schedule of demo days around N. America on their site (something that fewer and fewer companies are doing any more...Rossi and others used to post demo schedules on their websites, but I haven't been able to easily track down that info the last couple of seasons).
Alotta - Intrigued by these.
Scotty Bob - I contacted these folks at the end of the season asking about demo days and they told me to look them up next time I was in Colo. I plan to.
Moment - Reno made ski that can be seen a lot at Kirkwood. They have some intriguing models.
PMGear - While I did not particularly cotton to their 179 original model, I am interested in there new fattie. Plus I've ridden and/or hung out with a few of the guys and they're cool and a hoot.
Volkl - I always regret not demoing the 184 Mantra. And the Bridge and Katana are interesting.
Elan - The 888, 999, and 1111. Nuff said (though admittedly I haven't liked the Elans i've tried in the past)
Just out of curiosity: Trotski, didn't you trash on the 2008 SKI Magazine guide to gear in another post? And yet your voting list pretty much only includes the "major" ski companies. While some may continually debate the whole "wide" ski push, I think the real cool thing about skiing right now, in terms of relation to gear, is the rise of the independent ski manufacturer. While they exist in Europe, it really seems to be on the rise here in N.America with a lotta folks making superior product in their basements or at a local warehouse. Also, the customer service on many of the smaller companies is amazing (it has to be since their business depends so much on good word of mouth, but still...it's refreshing to be able to get somebody on the phone or a speedy email reply when asking about their product). While there is no question that quite a few of the Epic hardcore staunching stand by their Atomic, Head, and Volkls, there's also a core group that are intrigued by some of the things that the smaller companies are cranking out.