First post here ever and have always loved this site, but I'll give this a try - grew up as East Coast skier who went to College at CU Boulder in 1989 - and all skis were skinny then, If it matters, and I have all these skis somewhere tucked away somewhere:
1. K2 KVC 200cm all pink lettering (@1988) - which I subseqentnly de-laminated on the tips to be replaced by....
2. K2 KVC 200cm (@1989) rainbow lettering that I took to Boulder and learned to ski powder out West for @50-100 days a year - how I skied these on powder I still don't understand other than my butt was somewhere behind my tips on the deep days if I remember right. But wow, could they hold an edge, never let up, and never let me be passed by anyone.
3. Dynastar Verticals (@1992-1993) - so when I go adjusted to Western conditions, I needed something softer in the tips, and wanted to do steep stuff - switched to the Verticals - OMG, so versatile back in the day - only thing I can compare to today is current iteration of Blizzard Bonafides, but they in their time were quicker and softer - revolutionized skiing at the time.
4. Then I fully embraced the dark years - from college where I dabbled in snowboarding in 1989, to 1995 where I switched over fully time, I loved powder, but forget everything else.......
5. Then I woke up in about 2003, and found.......the 182cm Volkl Supersport 5 Star - the really original ones. Still ski these occassionally. Fastest ski ever even to today that I've even been close too - nothing even compares for this 200lb 6'0'' now 43 yr old skier. I love nothing more than tuning them up the night before, then taking them out in the East Coast when the lits just open to icy cudory and just ripping super high speed from top to bottom - nobody can catch me, ever.......I'll never get rid of or forget these so long as they have an edge.....Yes I loved my KVCs, but really, these are the greatest ever...even left them in garage near the window in the summer - the original white ones - so one is white, and the other is "off white'.
6. Then in 2014, got a pair of @180 Atomic Nomad TIs for all around - hold a great edge on ice, and reasonable in moguls, and not bad in softer snow if you can deal with 184 underfoot and working for it.
7. So next - looking to go either 180 Bonafide 98s, 179 Supernatural 100s, or Volkl Mantra 177s for East Coast, and getting 184 4FRNT Devestator out West (or Possibly 178 Gotama or 179 Line Supernatural 179s - just concerned about longer length in the last 2 due to right knee problems and the fact I'm 43, and may need shorter than preferred length).
Anyway, the only thing I miss on here that I wish I had, was a circa @1986 Rossignol 4S VAS - always wanted to ski those - only pair I know of is unfortunately the same pair my father-in-law has mounted via rivets on the wall in our basement :( They'll always be my nemesis. But we all have the great ones, and the ones who got away - all we can do is enjoy the next great ride, and remember that the skis we ride are nothing next to the experiences we enjoy.