This is a great all around ski for new snow conditions and is incredibly stable. Works great on light powder, heavy powder and crud after the pow has been torn up. This ski is perfect for the Northwest and the heavy snow we get here. I took it on a 7 day 5 resort ski trip across Idaho and Montana and they were great in all types of snow conditions, however, they are not best for groomers as you feel like you have a couple of big boards under your feet. I usually wait for 4 or more inches of snow to bring out the Keepers as this is their niche. Size is an issue if you are sking glades or trees you may want to go shorter, however, I am 6' and bought the 189 as I like a long ski and plenty of float on open terrain and they worked better than my shorter skis in glades and trees.