Where to begin. I am 5-11, 200lb, 41, former shot-putter, track sprinter, speedskater, a level 8-9 skier, NASTAR addict, and love all skiing except bumps and big jumps (I have a hard enough time jumping into water off a 20 foot cliff!) I just completed my first day on Stockli Stormrider 2's, in a 186, with Salomon 900's. This ski is like none of the other 25 or so kinds I have either demoed or owned in my life. Stratton was 6 inches of chopped light pow on an ice base. The SR2 felt surprisingly light and flexible, IF you stay centered. Otherwise, it was like having a Hong Kong judge riding your tails with a cane in hand. Get in the back seat and you get caned-ouch. This ski is deceptively mighty and surprisingly supple. It is like comparing a BMW 500 series with a Nissan Maxima V6. Both have the same numbers for acceleration and handling, but you can just tell that the BMW has about 1000 hours more engineering in it.
It does short turns just fine, and dances through choppy steeps very well (never mind the girly boys at SKIING mag who said it it was hard to bend--too much time on Volants (sorry Phil, but I am a FORMER Zmax, Supercarve guy )). If you are headed for some scary piles of frozen,crusty,uneven white death, don't worry because the SR2 will turn it into smooth ice cream. Long fast turns on the groomed feel like racing, and when I tucked into super-G's, it was the most precise ride I ever had. This thing could race. Ice? Very nice-nearly as good as Volkl-about the same as an Atomic race ski.
I have owned Volkls (P40 F1 and Plats, Rossignols (9x9.9, XX,) and Atomics (9.20Betarace, 9.16SL currently--love it), but this Stockli is the mother of all freight trains--equine analogy would be a quarterhorse.
What can't it do? It won't cuddle you like a Salomon, nor will it stiffen its back off-center like a Volkl nor does it lack the snap of a Volant. It is not a hard mogul ski, but at my age with Rice Krispie knees, I am not a bump skier. The few times I had to land small off-balance jumps it was solid as hell, hunting for the next rough spot.
In short, this ski feels like a serious, well-thought out all-mountain example of Swiss engineering. It is very different from other skis. Sandwich construction, art gallery looks and craftsmanship. I'm still shaking my head trying to come to terms with this subtle monster. Highly recommended. Thanks to skiershop.com and Dan Burgess for talking me into it. PS--do not let a non- Stockli ski-tech touch it. Only a real pro with Wintersteiger equipment. Betaracer's warnings about tuning Atomics all apply here.