As the 2015-season has progressed, Wachusett has developed these seldom [ie.rare] accumulations of unusual 'non-groomed stuff' -- powder. I found the need/want for a ski that would handle more float and deliver a shorter turn radius than my Kastle/LX82-82/172(16.0). I spoke with our Salomon-rep who has been 'more than vocal' about the BBR's overall capabilities.
So, I bought the 8.9 version ... 147-88-110/176(12.5) ... online for $300. Although it may be a little late, after bilateral knee replacement surgeries, I've been using the KneeBindings -- (Core) on this pair.
From day-1, the most fun I've had in a long, long time! It has great flotation in the soft snow and crud; the full wood-core absorbs the terrain; the narrow tail and short radius make for quick edge-to-edge turns. And, it's stable at speed. As I look back over the seasons, the BBR is about as close to a one ski quiver as I have ever skied. To date, it's great in all conditions -- from the Wachusett groomers, to the 'hard-pack' (it's only 'icy' if you can see your reflection), to the 'frozen, snow-cone' bumps, to this 'non-groomed stuff.' Although it may be 'ugly' in appearance, it's versatility [easy turn initiation, quick transitions, strong grip, greater float] makes it the 'best, all-conditions' ski I've ever used.
Find it. Buy it. You'll love it.