Pros: bites in and holds
Cons: not much pop out of the turn
Me: 51, 5'-3", 140 pounds. Skiing since late teens, ex-instructor (certified), never raced. Can ski anywhere and have (almost), but now I mostly ski locally in the PNW with my kids. I've skied almost exclusively on racing slalom skis since the late 80's and bought these AC30's because I don't want to be "on" the skis all day anymore.
The skis: 163 cm, Marker IPT 12 pistons, mounted 1/2 cm forward. Skied one day so far.
On groomers: I was surpised at the amazing edge grip of these all mountain skis - can almost keep up with any slalom race ski on that point, though they did chatter once on a steeper icy run - my fault needing to get used to these skis? I thought they were a little hooky, but that may be because of my choice to mount them forward for quicker turn initiation. I may move them back to see how they perform there. Quick edge to edge, nice carver and forgiving of an occasional skidded turn. I was disappointed in their lack of rebound out of the turn, though. There was no pop that I'm accustomed to from the faster race skis, but I guess that why I'm stepping down to these cruisers. They do have a speed limit, but it's faster than ski patrol will allow, and may be lifted when I remount them back to center.
Off piste: Here they excel. I have not been this confident through moguls since my mid-30's. I can't believe I used to take my slalom racers througth bumps at all after ripping these burners down a few faces. They just swallowed up the bumps and bent smoothly through the troughs, I never felt out of control, even at speed. There was about 5" of heavy new snow on top of more beaten stuff the day I skied these new AC30's. They blasted through the crud like it wasn't there. Now I can't help but wonder whether I should've opted for the wider AC50's that I left on the shelf for these. I'm anxious to try them in real pow next season - seeing any more real powder this year is just wishful thinking now.
Final thoughts: 50/50 all mountain cruiser? You bet. I've skied faster skis on the groomed, and I imagine a fatter ski will cut through crud and float in pow better than these AC30's, but if you're looking for one ski that can truly do it all, these fit the bill nicely indeed. I was torn between going with the 156 cm vs. 163, but now that I've skied it, I'm sure I made the right choice with the longer of the two. My skis are even with the top of my head.