So I went to Park City last week in search of the Legend 8000 in a 165 again (which I really liked last year) and ended up with the AC3 in a 163. I'm 5'5", 170lbs (not fat), 40 years old, level 6/7 skier per the instructor at PC (took a lesson). We had 10 in of fresh snow last Sunday at PC and great new snow all day at Alta last Wednesday. In between yielded terrific groomed runs at PC and Deer Valley. The AC3 is more ski than the Legend - stiffer but still pretty forgiving for a skier like me that still goes into the backseat, especially on steeper runs. For me it blasted through cut up powder but could have floated a bit better in more virgin territory. I found it easy to turn but more work in the bumps than the Legend. On groomers, it inspired confidence. Speed was easy and unlike the Legend, which chattered a bit at higher speeds on groomers, the AC3 was rock solid. For fresh powder, I think the Legend holds the advantage, probably because it's not as stiff and is 5mm wider. For cut powder, crud and groomers, I think the AC3 is the better choice. After reading dawgcatching's review of the 07 AC3, I'm not sure my comments will hold. If they further stiffen the ski, it may move it beyond my abilities or at a minimun, reduce its forgiveness, plus further diminish it's powder capabilities. That would be a shame because it's a very versatile ski as it is now and one I am capable of skiing yet would have plenty of room in which to grow into it.