Got out to UT this week on biz and managed to squeeze in a day and a half skiing (half day on 12/3 at Snowbird and all day yesterday at Alta). There was more fresh snow than they reported...Tues and Tues night, they got about 6" and then 3-5" more wed night and Thurs. So I got lucky cause as we all know it's pretty much been a drought there for 3 weeks prior, and I got to get the Magfires out in a lot of different snow ranging from 6" untracked to groomed to piles of tracked up crud, some soft bumps (although no real zipperline bump fields), some deeper stashes in leeward areas etc.
Me: 42 next month, 5'9" 165# former racer in the 80s, prolly high level 8, low 9 or some such.
I really loved these skis. They skied exactly as advertised...the words that came to mind again and again while skiing them were "smooth but with energy." On groomed, they are just silky smooth in and out of turns at various speeds, but you can get some real rebound out of them easily....on packed snow, they do feel like detuned race skis. There are certainly beefier boards out there with way bigger shoulders, but the 82Ti is plenty of ski...I ran them fast on some groomed stuff to test them laid out on edge at speed on relatively steep pitches and I never found myself feeling like there wasn't enough of a platform under me. I'm sure on icier surfaces, they would reach their limit, but on groomed packed powder, plenty of ski...and easily driven into slalomy or GS-y turns. I can't overstate how smoothly they initiate and exit turns...really impressive.
But I spent most of my time in the trees and in West Rustler and Ballroom in 6-ish inches fresh and crud once tracked out. The Mags did great. Just easy to ski and dependable and very little deflection in crud. I could tell that in deeper pow of 10+" they wouldn't be ideal, and I could tell that in real heavy crud with big piles, they wouldn't steamroll it the way a true heavy duty crudbuster would, but in the kind of mixed conditions I was mostly in, and that I bought these skies for, really really good with a VERY broad performance envelope. A New England based skier could certainly use these as a very nice OSQ and have something to use out west on leaner snow days.
Thanks, Dawg/Scott, for the great recommendation!