I bought this ski a few months ago because I wanted something for all around use. So far I have used it in perfect powder, ice, crud, mashed potatoes, wet snow etc. No problems in the powder, was skittery on the ice (but my friends with heavier skis had the same issues), had a hard time forcing the turn in really wet snow but this may be more my skiing ability than the ski. I felt like when I got on something really choppy I was thrown around a lot - but the only ski I was able to ski ice and crud perfectly with was the hippy stinx and there is no way I'm taking that thing backcountry. Anyway, all said and done I would buy this ski again- I think the weight is worth the trade in performance- especially if you are going to be doing a lot of backcountry.