If u wanna stick with armada, id suggest the alpha 1 or the thall. Dont get me wrong, the ar7 is a great ski, but it is not buttery or really playful. It does have a lot of pop. The alpha 1 is rocker and is a lot like the halo
(same dimensions ar50 sidewall) but is a little stiffer which should help with east coast crud. The thall is alot like the ar7 but is softer (same dimensions, ar50 sidewall ,camber). The thall sounds like a good choice because it is a little softer than the ar7. I have 2010 ar6, and they work all over the mountain and can handle anything from park to groomers to ice to crud. In conclusion, if you want an armada ski that is playful yet can still handle the whole mountain, I think the thall would be a good choice because it is durable, playful, and has the same dimensions and construction as the ar7 and is camber which should help keep the ski stable in the bumps and crud.
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