I have the K2 Mod 7/8 which I think is very similar, if not the same as the Axis. They have the same sidecut. The Mod may have the peizoelectric crystal which was dropped on the Axis. Anyway, I love my Mod's. I am a 54 year old adventurous advanced (not expert) skier. The Mods carve great, are stable, at least up to moderate speed, pretty good in bumps and really good in powder. I also have Volant Chubb and Volkl Explosiv powder skis - I like the Mods better in powder. The 70 mm waist provides great stability. I'm skiing 174mm's, the shortest ski I've had. Given the float, sidecut and length they are also a great woods ski. For me, the Mod 7/8 is a real "all-mountain" ski. Go short, shaped, soft (longitudinal flex), and stable (wide waist). The "4 S's" of modern skis. I hope this helps. As always, demo before you buy.