Lou, given the placement of your comment, perhaps you were referring to my comment about Stockli's not being push button skis. Maybe not, but in either case, I'll stand by the comment, since IMO Stockli's, like Kastles, are not as "automatic" as many skis. And I really think very few of the more well known models are suitable for intermediates. Now I say this as a guy who's owned a bunch of Stocklis over the years, including classics like the SS, AT, and XL, and currently the Rotor 84, and the Stormrider 95, and the CX. And if you check, I wrote some very strong reviews of several Stocklis a while back. I like 'em.
That said, IME you have to have a basic sense of where your weight is and what you're doing, and not get in the back seat. Stocklis want a focused, fairly assertive driver. This does not scream intermediate to me. Even their "cruiser" models like the Spirit or the Editions perform at a higher level than many competitor's expert skis.
IMO their handling probably reflects their basic design philosophies. Stocklis and Kastles, for instance, rest on fairly conservative designs (both Stockli and Kastle came late and only partially toward the rocker party; both are full of metal in most versions; both - while supple and progressive - are fairly stiff compared to many competitors, neither line offers much in the way of deep sidecuts or unusual shapes to make turns easier). And if you're saying that you can't figure out where Stockli got this reputation for "mean" skis, I'd suggest the SS's or DP's or even the later, tamed down XXL's. Even the pre-early rise VXL, a very nice "non-mean" ski, is not a push button. Supple, yes. Smooth, yes. Forgiving, no. I assume this season's with early rise requires a touch less attention in crud or slush.
My opinion, incidentally, may also reflect my size. I've never found most Stocklis very happy at low speeds, eg, low forces. If I weighed 200, I might be able to bend them to my will, so to speak. I bought some SR 95's in fact, for blasting down western crud and chop. Trees, we'll see...