I used this ski on probably the worst day you can ski on them. They chatter a little bit, but mostly in the tip, which is rockered anyway, so it doesn't matter, because you don't feel it. On super icy steeps they don't handle well at all, but on groomers and crud they handle great. They felt like a pretty playful ski, but in powder that would probably be more apparent. I rode the 189, but at my size the 179 would be a little better. They were a really heavy ski, I am used to skiing a 185 Rossignol Scratch Steeze, but the Pontoon just felt super heavy.