Thanks Jim. This will be my 6th year on skis. I'd describe myselfe as an intermediate who's on piste technique has really improved thanks to lessons. Last year I started venturing off piste a little bit and would like to do more of that. I suck in bumps but would like to start learning to handle bumps more proficiently. I ski mostly in the East and I'd say I'm looking for a 70/30 kind of ski. Biased toward groomed and harder snow but pretty good plowing through crud, decent in bumps. Thought something in the mid to upper 78s underfoot might be pretty versitile. I was on some Apache Recons last year in Utah and liked them pretty well. Skis that have caught my attention are the Head I.M. 78 and Xenon 9.0, Nordica Nitrous, Fischer AMC 73, 76, and now the Watea 78. I'll probably try to demo if I can find them to demo. But kind of looking to start with a decent short list. Definately want something that's reasonably forgiving but something to grow with. Any thoughts on these or other skis would be much appreciated.