I’ve got the Chronics now. As a disclaimer, I’m usually an armada guy (this is my first pair of Lines since 2008) so maybe I can add a little bit.
The chipping has not been an issue for me. I prepped my skis by sanding down the topsheets to get rid of that sharp angle. I, also, prepped my last armadas this way and had no issues with chipping.
I bought the 19/20 Chronics because I, honestly, really hate the 20/21 graphics.
I haven’t ridden the ARV96s but I’ve ridden quite a few armadas. My impression is that the Chronics are a little lighter and softer but the camber profile is more pronounced. I think it has quite an interesting feel because you get the softer tip and tail but the increased camber so if gives you energy but a little energy absorption when landing (if that makes sense?).
I think the Chronics are really fun for being energetic skis that are good for throwing around the mountain. My previous skis felt a bit more damp and solid, but I prefer the energy and of the Chronics. I value a dynamic skiing style and the Chronics are very fun for that. I much prefer them in the park too than my last skis.
As for long term durability, I can’t say, as I just got the skis. I’ve skied 3 days on them.
Given your size, I dont think the lines will be too soft BUT - if you like to charge, these skis can get knocked around a bit. On the packaging it says “take the park to the whole mountain” and I think that hits the nail on the head. Given that you like to charge, I have a tendency to point you to the ARV.
For what you mentioned, I’d like to recommend the revolt 95 too. The mount point, shape, and camber profile all made them great in trees, fresh snow (not powder day but boot height), and they love to go fast. But they felt uninspired to me in the park and I didn’t like the butter zone. All a trade off.
Cant go wrong really with any of those skis. Good luck!