Originally Posted by aschick
Thanks to everyone who recommended the 8k. December 24-25 at Killington was a a real mix of conditions. I felt noticeable more confident on crud, frozen mashed potatoes, frozen hardpack, bumps etc. Laying over the ski from edge to edge was not much harder than in a dedicated carving ski. The biggest difference was that the narrower turned up tail didn't hold the carve as long through the arc. But the plus was that you could vary the turn shape with much greater ease and disengage the turn more easily for choppier conditions. No real powder to be found. I can see why this ski gets so many props as a great all around ski for the east coast. I also definitely agree that it skis short. Glad I didn't go shorter than the 178.
Glad you like it - it's a blast most everywhere.
Like you've indicated and Tromano said above, it can do many different turns kinds and shapes, vs. the more specialized skis like the Volkl and Nordika, which is probably why fossils like myself enjoy it so much- we can do old style just fine (including an occasional skid), but it'll also rail like an express train if your thighs are up for it, or turn into a tree ski in an instant.
As you get used to them, trying diving onto the tips to get them to really snap. It's a "touch" ski, and performs amazingly with a soft input, but will also snarl when you work them hard.
And don't undersell it as western ski either - I keep a pair at Whistler for when a lot of fresh hasn't fallen and it's always a blast. One of the top 3 (2?) skis in my 40+ years on the hill.