i recently spent 2 weeks in switzerland. the bindings of the skis i had rented at home in germany fell apart, so i was able to rent skis for the rest of the time on the cost of my german ski shop. as i was located slopeside mid-mountain, there was only one chance to rent ski. a stockli test center...the best thing that could possibly have happened. most of the time i took the snake 170. i am 6'3 160lbs, powerful skier who likes to go fast. no freestyler at all. if i had the money, i would buy these boards for sure. they have a nice float in powder and perform pretty forgiving there. they have a nice soft flex, even torsionally, especially in the tip. so they give a smooth ride in crap, and don't accidentally catch an edge. so far so good. what surprised me an my buddies was their perfomance on hardpacked grommers and even ice. this ski really holds an edge, and carves in nice super-g turns once you know how to. slopes became pretty icy during my stay, and i didn't feel much less safe on the snakes than on the stöckli laser slalom, which are the best ice-skis i have so far used. well, you can't make super-small radius turns on the snake
without some amount of side-skipping. in bigger turns however, it really carves well and doesn't really chatter even at high speeds. all in all the most fun ski i have ever skied. one drawback though: the edge appears to be pretty thin, so don't expect to get 10 seasons out of it. but given the soft flex, that wouldn't work anyway. did i mention the base is fast? damn, what a ski.