I haven't seen a formal review for the 2008-2009 Volkl Grizzly yet so I'll put my two cents forward and share my impressions.
6'1", 170 pounds, 19 years old, been skiing for 5 years. Live in Truckee, Ca. (15 minutes from a bunch of resorts). "expert skier" (which in my book, means better than 99.8% of most skiers). I am very aggressive with good form (you will rarely find me in the backseat). Been searching for a ski I can be happy with in most conditions. Been on 20+ different skis this year.
Love: ridiculous slalom carves at irresponsible speeds, tricky technical steep lines, Powder skiing, Trees, Moguls, Backcountry.
Hate: the park... ugh.
The Test Area
Northstar at Tahoe
Four days, a variety of conditions, Spring Slush, 24" of dry powder, Icy morning groomers, Crud, Soft Bumps, etc.
2008-2009 Volkl Grizzly 170cm, 131mm - 89mm - 114mm, 17m side-cut
The Grizzly is a stiff, heavy, ski. It should ski like a stiff heavy ski. But the Grizzly is full of surprises.
First surprise, on the groomers it is a great carver. The Grizzly does not feel as wide as it is and edge to edge transitions are very quick. Turn initiation is not effortless but not impossible either. I think it is perfect (you don't want to catch an edge do you?). The ski does need a little speed to happily carve. The faster you go the more confident and stable it gets. It allows you to go as fast as you want. It does long, medium and short carves with ease. The edge grip can be summed up as ridiculous in all conditions. The rebound can be whatever you are in the mood for by simply turning a knob (which is nice, cause the mood changes).
Second surprise, it is very nimble... just keep your weight forward. You can dodge moguls and trees with ease. The tails kick out on demand and directional inputs are quick and confident when your life depends on it. It has a very "Yes Sir, Whatever you want Sir" attitude.
Third surprise, it floats! I know I didn't believe it either. The best part is that is doesn't just float, it floats well. Just like carving, give it a little speed. Tip dive isn't even an issue. It's crazy. Volkl has done some serious magic to make such a heavy stiff ski do powder in an adept fashion.
The surprises end there and it does every thing else a heavy stiff ski should. Crud? whatever just carve through it. Slush? another whatever. Tracked powder? good to go.
The only negative aspect about the Grizzly is that it is very harsh and unforgiving. Everything that you ski over is directly translated to your body. Landings are especially rough (an eight foot drop really hurt). Also if you get in the backseat things start to go bad... Quick...
If you are aggressive, looking for a do it all, no comprimises ski, the Grizzily should be on your short list.
If you huck cliffs on a regular basis, look elsewhere. If you are old, ditto. Does your idea of skiing involve a PBR and some relaxation? take a hike.
Otherwise the Grizzily is an amazing ski. I would choose it as a daily driver without a second thought. But one day I may be old... hmmm. I could also die.