My honest opinion of the Grizzly is that it's the worst of all worlds. It brings a beefy metal-layered mid-fat construction into the wide mid-fat range, resulting in a tank-like ski. If you want a bulldozer of a ski, this is it. Personally, when I start going that wide and long, I am looking for more athletic, light, snappy skis.
I am not a fan of the power switch myself. It does have a notable effect (tried the Tigershark 10 and 12 with it last year), but overall I think it's a Rube Goldberg contraption. I like skis that perform well because of their inherent qualities and characteristics, not because of external mods like struts, cables, springs, etc. Just an opinion really. At least on the Tigersharks, the skis rattled with all that claptrap loose in the channels.
Volkl has been diluted a bit in recent years since being folded into the same conglomerate as K2 and Marker. They still have some great skis, but there are also some duds in the lineup. Not sure about the rep staff; I have a feeling this varies rep to rep.
Lou, or anyone else, if you're looking for ski deals, these prices are hard to beat:http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/80172/ski-sale-2009-up-to-60-percent-off-from-dawgcatching
I ordered two pair and some bindings on Monday, and they arrived today. These are basically closeout prices on new 08/09 gear, about two months earlier than usual. I've ordered many skis from Scott over the past couple years, and it's always been a great experience.
On his list, some standouts include:
Dynastar Contact 4x4 -- excellent mid-fat carver. It can tear up the frontside and still rock off-trail.
Elan Mag 82 -- a wider mid-fat
Any of the Head Monsters as a sure to please freeride ski. They make excellent all mountain boards.
Add the Dynastar Legend 8K into the above category.
Fischer Progressor 8+ and 9+ (the latter being my preferred ski). Same category as the Contact 4x4, nearly as good. Better choice if you like the Fischer feel (which to me is an improved version of the Volkl feel).
Fischer Watea 94 -- the best wide mid-fat all-mtn ski I have owned. At 94mm underfoot, it is great in powder and slays crud. Yet it will tear up soft groomers with aplomb. This is what I am skiing in the Snowshoe videos I posted recently.
Blizzard Mag 8.7 Have not skied this one myself, but people I trust on EpicSki rave about them.