I am headed out to Vail for two weeks in mid February. This is twice as long as I have ever been able to put together - or have been willing to, since I am the boss. Was out there two years ago and skied on a pair of Blizzard Titan Cronus. Really nice ski with an 88mm waist, if memory serves. It has no metal and a soft flex pattern. If I were the same skier I was back then, I would not hesitate to take them. But my old school technique went out the window after spending a week with Rick Schnellman ("Your Ski Coach"). He transformed my skiing and me a carving addict. And the Cronus are not the tool for that.
My current go to ski for Maine conditions is a Hart Phoenix (116/66/101) in 174cm, with VIST TT plate. I skied them for the first time all last week at Sugarloaf. Brilliant performer on packed powder/ice and even in the mash potatos we got at the week's end when it was 40F. We also got 20" of powder at the beginning of last week and I got on a pair of (the older) Blizzard Titan Argos in 173cm (101mm waist) for the first time. It is a stiff ski that not so much floats as plows through uncut powder and crud. Very good tool for those condtions and held remarkably well where snow was blown off. Though it was as quick edge to edge as you might imagine for a 101mm ski.
So I will certainly take the Blizzards to Vail for ungroomed/powder conditions. Since I am skiing much of the time with family on groomers, I am thinking of the Harts on the other end of the spectrum, for my carving fix. I could just take the Blizzard Cronus, but they would not excel in either end of the spectrum.
Thanks for your thoughts.