Just an update. I did get to demo the Volkl AC30 @ 177, Blizzard 8.1 @ 172 and the Sultan 85 @ 172. I found the Blizzard to be an excellant ski. The Sultan 85 was by far my favorite of the three. The ski felt very familiar but performed great all over the mountain. While I thought the length might be too short, after skiing it all day, I couldn't image skiing it any longer. I really appreciated it's stability after jumping back on my Legend 4800 a few days later. I really enjoyed the Sultan 85 and would love to have it in my arsenal of skis. However, as I am looking for that one ski quiver that is easy to ski, I think the ski was just a bit too much ( at least for me ) for a New Englander who enjoys intermediate to advance trails. I am thinking the Sultan 80 may fit the bill quite well. The search continues!!