Just attended my first show of the year and saw a smattering of 2012 hardgoods. This is not a review but rather, just a quick and very incomplete overview of a few things.
Brands previewed either in full or in sprinkles.
K2: For a brand that did a major flip last year, there are some pretty good refinements.
System skis for men and women have reworked topdeck geographies, slimmed down mod configurations, and some superbly executed color ways. There is a totally new Pon2oon with a very much toned down amount of rocker and a much longer conventional section. The "Side" skis are revamped graphically and have a new 90mm model. Some typical idiotic graphics in a few models.
Line: Some small changes but with (IMO) some nice refinements. P-90 and 100 are remodeled with some minimalist tip rocker, new flatter tails with longer rear running surfaces and a new metal matrix. The former P-100 is now a 98 and should be a worthy Enforcer competitor. There is a new 105 and the returning 115 both with very good graphics, and similar rise to the current 115. Pandora remains the same. Nice new graphic stories with no monsters, blood, or corpses.
Volkl: Some fairly substantial redesigns including an all new Gotama/Kiku with drastically minimized rocker, a real tip, and long flat underfoot. Mantra and Aura get minimal tip rocker and straighter sidecuts but are still very stiff in the back half. AC series are gone and replaced with RTM (Ride The Mountain) ski that incorporate minimalist tip rise and barely visible tail rise along with (important!!) a softer flex on the 84mm version. The 80mm is stiffer and may be a lost soldier. Another new series called "Code" is ~~ 75mm on trail skis using some minimal rocker and "Speedwall" like the race skis. (These were not shown except in pics) There is a narrower version of Kuro.
Salomon: Enduro series is expanded to several widths, constructions and price points. Some good stuff here. Shogun, Sentinel, Geisha, Lady etc.....get new (better graphics) The BBR is............uhhhhhhh..........different, unique and will likely be a complete hit or a complete miss but I can't say which. I'm trying to buy a couple of demos for spring consumer testing in Tahoe. There is a new Rocker2 that should be a spectacular powder ski in the 113mm range. Nothing really notable in boots here.
Nordica: This line shows an expansion of the Firearrow group including a new 74mm EDT on trail model that should be stellar. The Hotrod group is still around but is slimmed/toned down. The Conquer and Infinite are really superb graphically and I'm sure will remain among the very best womens skis available anywhere at any price. There is a whole new collection of new non metal 84-113mm models all with varying degrees of tip rise that are spinoffs of the "I-Core HR Burner models. I think the 90 and 98mm versions should be absolute standouts for western skiers. The Enforcer and Girish have new graphics. The Big news in boot collection is that the conventional 100mm Speedmachine models are totally replaced by 3 piece shells in various flexes and models. There are cuff hinge versions of these as well. No opinions yet on these as the samples are too small for me to even try on let alone ski in. The HR series freeride boots are revamped into a collection built around this year's "Enforcer" shell.
Rossi: I only saw a few random samples and can only say that the Avenger 82 (carbon) is a very classy looking ski for the conservative skier and the new S7 looks to have a metal layer on the bottom in 188 cm. I speculated on this about 6-8 months ago but was thinking that maybe for 2012-13. Apparently it's now. I have some 2012 S7's on the way so I'll confirm when I get them.
In general....Rocker seems to be spreading somewhat but it also seems to be getting drastically toned down. All of the new offerings in 110+ have some rocker but in moderate amounts and most that I've seen so far are pretty soft in flex and are certainly consumer powder skis rather than "Superhero" skis.
If I didn't mention it.....I haven't seen it yet.