I'm a big Arbor fan, but the drug of choice since learning how to ride has been powder and the tool of choice is the A Frame. I since moved back to the US from Europe, and the US East Coast had me apologizing to the A Frame that had served so well in Austrian steeps, so I found this board on sale and went for it. I do not regret that decision. It's a solid board, easy to initiate turns on, forgiving, and has a nice little pop to it. Not nearly as stiff as the A Frame, and I wouldn't trust it at speed like I do her, but it is F-U-N and gets lots of love in the parks, practice on switch days, and on groomers where I'm not trying to set personal land speed records. I've ridden the Burton Custom, and I think the two have a very similar feel, though this one felt more stable to me than the Burton. I like it. Not 5 Stars- Everybody should have it in their quiver, but if you're looking for a good board to have fun on the mountain with, to learn something new with, to start out on and learn to love the mountain with, I think this will be as good a board as any, if not better.