Tester Old Goat, 6', 180#, 64 y/o, 70 days/season, skiing for 50 years, style is moderate. I ski relatively slowly but am very comfortable on steep terrain and in all kinds of snow. Home mountain is Squaw/Alpine, preferred terrain is off piste--especially powder, steeps, chutes.
Ski Atomic Automatic 117, 186cm, 140.5/117/129.5 (who measures skis to the half mm?), radius 19m. Early rise tip and tail, camber underfoot. Bindings STH2-13 at the factory line. These are my skis, factory tune, all condition wax.
Tested at Alpine Meadows and Squaw valley, about 20 runs, in heavy and moderately light powder, chop, with some groomed man made snow, moderate bumps, a couple of steep chutes with icy spots. Some traverses through tight trees to get back to the lifts but no real tree skiing.
I'm very happy with these skis. They are very maneuverable in tight spots, Float is excellent as you'd expect. They carve well on soft to fairly firm groomed snow. On true icy spots they skid. Nimble enough in the bumps. In the crud they skim rather than bust through. In short they are an excellent powder ski that can handle all the conditions you will encounter at a busy resort on a powder day. I wouldn't use them as a one ski quiver. As far as handling high speed, I have no idea, but I know people who are much faster and more aggressive than I am who like them, so while they are a good ski for someone of my age and style don't let that scare you off if you're young and fast. I haven't skied other skis in this class. My other skis are bonafides and K2 sidestashes (I'm giving the Sidestashes to my son). The Automatics are considerably more maneuverable than the Sidestashes with less edge hold.