Used these for the past two seasons on the East Coast (mostly Jay Peak and the Big Jay backcountry). These skis handled a variety of conditions and excelled in them all. Ice, no problem. 47 inches of snow at Jay Peak on February 26th, great. Crud, be prepared to be busted. These skis are a great one ski quiver for the east coast, and even served me well in Vail this year with about 5 inches of new snow. Where they don't excel? I took these out to Squaw Valley in March of 2011 and man did I have to work. I don't mind working a little but these skis were a bit skinny and didn't excel through the cement.
On a sid enote, these skis are super durable and super responsive in the trees.
In response to Wally Phillips, I'm not at all a park skier so this would be used for big mountain days, every day if that makes sense. I want the maneuverability for the trees but also want stability and length for charging big lines and dropping cliffs.
Just bought a pair of these at 178. I'm 5'11", 165lbs, anyone think these are too short for me?