Pros: Adequate in all conditions
Cons: Merely adequate in all conditions
About me - Advanced skier currently training for the CSIA level 3. Preference for off-piste, bumps, and short radius. 6', 160lbs, skiing this ski in a 177 length (turning radius 18.9). I picked up this ski on a pro deal at the recommendation of a head rep last year (Dec 2010). The ski also comes in a white/red/black topsheet.
The Peak 82 is the epitome of a jack of all trades - and a master of none. It's a good ski if you're planning to spend about 70% of your time in off piste chop and bumps, and can only deal with a one ski quiver. Racers, powder hounds and ice coasters are recommended to look elsewhere. Also note that this ski uses a "flowride tip". Basically the first 12" of the ski is much softer than the rest of the ski. From the levelnine site, in theory this makes the ski easier to turn at slow speeds and in powder without compromising stability.
Powder: Given the 82mm waist and generally narrow shovel, skiers need to have decent powder skills to manage. The Peak 82 performs adequately in up to a couple of feet at moderate and higher speeds. Those skiing deeper or slower should look elsewhere. Also, lower intermediate skiers should look for a fatter ski (unless they're looking forward to learning to navigate 3d snow).
Groomers: This ski isn't majorly stiff, nor overly fast edge to edge. But again, it's not a noodle either, or crazy wide. It's damp, rather than springy/lively. From my perspective, the ski doesn't give the level of feedback I want. On the other hand, the groomer performance is a matter of perspective - one of my friends thoroughly enjoyed skidding turns on this ski. If you spend most of your time carving on hardpack groomers, I'd look elsewhere for a snappier, more fun ski.
Bumps: Probably one of the ski's better areas - relatively easy to turn and the dampness of the ski makes for a smooth ride.
Chop: Pretty good in chop - again, thanks to the dampness. Stable in chop.
Short radius: Look elsewhere for good short radius performance. This ski takes some turning effort. But that's what you get with a nearly 19m turning radius.
Long radius: Adequate--but see above in relation to powder/groomer/chop performance.
Overall, I don't mind the Peak 82s for an off-piste day with a mixed group. Those skiing hardpack or ice, deep powder or primarily short radius turns are advised to look elsewhere.