'04-'05 SM 14 is as good a hard snow rocket as I have skiied. It feels like it will cut glass but it is hardly described as forgiving. This is a high speed big turn, near
race ski in civvie clothing.
'05-'06 SM 16.1 is the same ski and same comments apply.
'05-'06 SM 14.1 is somewhat softer, easier going ski. It is more adaptable to short and medium turns and feels more energetic. (possibly because it is easier to get it to bend below 30 MPH) The current SM 14 is probably better for someone who is merely an expert.
The '06-'07 Nordica Lineup has significant changes (rumored)........stay tuned........