jamie wilkinswrote a review of Volkl Gotama Alpine Ski on March 19, 2009
I'm 5'11" 185 and gaining. I've grown up skiing in Michigan. I've taken many trips to Colorado, BC, spent 2 years at the University of Utah and my last trip was to Jackson Hole. Before the trip I purchased my first pair of fat skies, these Gotamas (183's) and Damn are they good. They were great in the powder which is sort of a no brainer but what amazed me is how fun they were in the crud and even groomers. Thats right I said it, groomers. They cut nice big GS turns and feel incredibly stable. A little slow edge to edge so if you like quick little turns probably not your ski. They weren't much fun in the bumps, kept kickin me out. You've got to be pretty burly to run these though the bumps.
Bottom line: Tackle the whole mountain, Powder, Crud, Ice, Groomers. If I'm skiing east of say, Denver, I'd get something a little narrower.