Geoff, I bought a pair of 183cm 2000/2001 powerkarve's at the beginning of last season. btw, i'm 6'1, 170lbs, and ski aggressively. like everyone else, i had heard nothing but praise for these boards. i consider myself an exception to the typical perceived volant skier, as i'm 23 and ski and live in whistler -- most people my age and ability would have gone for a more aggressive ski, be it fatter, stiffer or less shaped. after skiing these boards for a full season, though, and also having the opportunity to demo a ton of other skis, i have to say that the they were a great all-mountain board. their only deficiency, i felt, was at speed, where they'd get very squirrelly (admittedly, i might have skied them too short, which might have been the problem). but otherwise they could handle anything i threw at them: long corduroy cruisers, hard pack, bumps, tight chutes, steeps, deeps...of course, being an all-mountain ski, they won't be the masters of any of these conditions, when compared to a dedicated fat ski, race ski, etc., but they come close in most areas. however, i'll say, too that there is one other ski that i'd pick above the powerkarve: the atomic R11.20. IMHO it's probably the best all-around ski sold today...but they're pricey. but if you're pretty sure you like the powerkarve's and are looking for a similar ski that's more stable at speed, but perhaps a tad less nimble in the bumps, i'd check out the atomics.