Didnt get to finish in my last reply... I was saying, check out the blister gear review, the most desriptive and informative reviews of all skis I have found. What many otherrs are saying is true, its not a park ski, but a big mountain pow ski. But its prformance on laying carves on groomers at high speed is reviewed as one of its strong suits( considering it 117 and large rocker profile). Also , read all reviews for the 2011 model too, same chasis frame construction, just different graphics. The obsethed transformed to its current 117 in the 2010 -20111 season, and remainded the same chasis in 2012, now this year discontinued, changed to the sideseth. anyway, also check out evo.,com personal user reviews of the 2011, has 16 and the 2012 has 6 reviews ( again, all the same chasis) My main point here is you mentioned you were a certified instructor, that being said, I would assume you are a expert carver, former gate basher, and bumper! growing up in the "old days" when we actually learned how to ski and CARVE, not just skid down the mountain! We did it on 65mm Pre's with full camber, no shape, straight as an arrow! wow thats oldschool! skinny skis were made to slice groomers, and bash bumps, but we still learned how to choke in a powder feild on the old 65mm, and loved every turn doin it! If you fit into this description, then you will have a blast at finding the versatility of the obsethed! Your still going to want to use your revivals at home, so dont retire them just yet. I picked up the obsethed mainly for my western trips ( 2-3 times a year), but find use in midwest can be fun when anything but boiler plate! You may want to look into two other skis with very solid reviews; tthe LIne Influence 105, and the Rossi sickle! Aimed more as a ALL MOUNTIAN, with much less rocker! again, great blister review. The Influence was my choice, but sales rep influenced me ( no punn intended lol) to go bigger rocker, and push extremes to totally different rocker feel on skis ! also , it was on a cheaper sale, so I went obsethed... and now I am obsessed wikth them!! Good Luck !