But I just can't see myself on an AM bike at Whistler all season at my 230-ish lbs.
@ 230 lbs you have a point. But when I was pushing 175lbs at Whistler last season, I spent a whole week riding the Bottle Rocket and it was a blast. A hell of a different ride from a proper DH rig, but the looks I got in the lift line up pushing a 5.5" travel bike with Hayes strokers and a Marz 55 were priceless. Dirt Merchant was my second home, mainly because the chunder in the Garbo zone was a bit much for the bike and body.
DH is so 2011. You need to focus on "trail".
I bought this sweet Knolly Podium in the off season, and I have yet to ride it. The little bike is doing great.