Previous ski history - Last pair of owned skis were Rossi GS skis in 184; largely rentals since then. Rentals that I remember in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, were Rossi B3's and Salomon Pocket Rockets. Hated both of these skis - too soft, not stable at speed. Preferred ski speed is very fast, slightly more skiing in crud/bowls than on groomers.
Ski - Elan Magfire 82XTi 184cm (integrated binding system - looks to be Elan-branded Tyrolia Freeflex LD12)
Conditions - Generally hard-packed groomed, some spots of pure ice, a few runs with a decent cover of manmade snow (one with fairly soft moguls). I've never skied Hunter before - remarked to one chairmate that it was a icy today and he immeadiately responded "You don't ski here much, do you?"
Purchasing Logic - Given my frustration with any ski I've skied that wasn't a race board, I was looking for an all-mtn mid-fat that is quite stiff and would be very stable at speed. Also important that it could push through crap, heavy snow, and clumps of crud. My view is that given I travel for snow based on planned vacations/trips, I have little ability to adjust my ski-days to weather, so in the case of a big dump when I happen to be on a ski trip, I can demo true powder skis.
Based on reviews I've read and user feedback from members on Epic, decided on the Elan over the Head im 82. I struggled a little bit on whether to get the XTi or just the Ti. Went with XTi because I'm not a huge moguls guy, so the stiffer ski that might hinder performance in moguls wouldn't bother me as much.
Review - In short, I really liked it. Very stable, pretty quick. Edge hold on the ice was stronger than I thought a ski that wide would be. I did notice that I had to roll ankles over a little bit more during lead-change turns, but nothing that caused undue effort. Ski responded well to short radius turns, with enough kick in the tail. Skiing the soft mogul field was fine - didn't strike me as particularly good or particularily bad. Unexpected transitions from ice to clumps of man-made powder were quite smooth - I wasn't thrown and the ski charged through.
Very happy that I got the XTi (second layer of titanium versus one layer in the Ti) - ski never felt too stiff for me. I will update this thread with additional thoughts over the next two/three weeks once I get into some real terrain - heading to Vail/BeaverCreek Jan 22nd weekend and then to Alta/Snowbird the following weekend.