I have a friend who demoed the Blends, and absolutely hated them. He claims that if he had to throw one ski in a fire, it would be them. I dont know why exactly, they seem like a cool ski to me, but he said something about them just sucking everywhere and being a super dead noodle.
You might try and pick up some Elizabeths, and look at some skis like the S3, ON3P Jeronimo, ect. The Surface New Life might actually be perfect for you.
yeah, i dont think the New Lifes will be practicle in the East other than Jay or Stowe maybe. The JJs look good cuz they have rocker and reverse sidecut, but also regular camber and regular sidecut which makes it perfect for all mountain shennanigans