I'm really new here, but have already gleaned so much from the site -- thanks to all for that.
I'm looking to replace my trusty Volkl P40 Platinums (193) with some new boards. I'm 6'3" & 208 +/-, 34, a former racer & instructor, and a strong, but not ridiculously aggressive, level 9(?) skier. I like skiing the whole mountain -- from groomers to the Alta chutes, with some bumps for good measure, if they aren't rock-hard.
Recently, I had the pleasure of skiing the Monster 88's (186) for three days in Jackson Hole, including an awesome morning with Bob Peters. Loved the skis -- they could easily be my go-to board out West. Loved the solid feel, sweet mid-high speed carve, and versatility of the boards all over the mountain... then I got back on my P40's back east and realized I need new boards!!!
Anyhow, ideally I would like a carving-based ski with a mid-to-high teen's radius, excellent edge grip, a somewhat damp feel, and the versatility to handle East Coast spring crud as well as our standard "hard pack." (cough...ice..cough). I have no problem demoing wider skis when I head out west...
I'm not going to have the chance to demo too many - if any - boards, but want to take advantage of this season's blow-out sales... A few skis that have spiked my interest include the SS Magnums (177), Top Fuels (length TBD), and 4x4's (TBD). Any suggestions & comments would be really helpful!