Great for the East... and not bad out west either!
These skis have performed amazingly for me- whether it's on the icy headwall of tucks or surfing some fine west coast powder. Granted- they won't float your boat for a pow day in the Wasatch but for the rest of us I'm about as happy as I could be with this ski. Most of the time here on the east coast (white mountains to be specific) we're skiing some small clearing or more often a summer hiking trail. These skis are perfect here- they slice, dice, and provide snappy feedback when you need to avoid that tree trunk you didn't see until almost too late. Yet when it comes to the bigger stuff- a la Mt. Washington and the surrounding ravines- they are more than able to put a smile on your face. I skied a pair of kilowatts before this and they just felt too sloppy. This ski has snap and strength that belies it's smaller size (I'm skiing the 168s) and width. You can go down an icy left gully which would have me quaking in my dynafits on a softer ski yet still enjoy the powder when it falls. Not to mention- I've done plenty of fun resort laps on these skis and they've served just fine with their tight sidecut allowing me to carve turns my ex-skiracer self would not be ashamed of.