Originally Posted by Billiam
COPete: perhaps you have not visited the Barking Bear forum enough to see the Atomic/Head/Volkl, must be a wood core, stiff, ski to be a real ski bias here. See for example the bashing of one of the most fun skis to EVER hit the slopes, the Salomon Pocket Rocket. According to some, this "noodle" could not possibly handle steep crud-covered slopes or at least you are not a hardcore skier if you try to ski that slope in anything but a Mantra, Monster, or Sugar Daddy.
Generally, this is the prevailing view on Epic (although Atomic skis aren't wood - some mysterious material called: Densolite).
The PR's and B3's are fun skis that have garnered fans by the legion. They perform well and they don't punish you. I've seen expert (level 9) skiers, who can do anything on them without overpowering or destroying the skies.
The trade-off is that you may not get the edge-bite or ballast you'll get from beefier skis.
There's no "best" ski, just the one that works for you.
Regarding Gordy: I used to share a house in Salt Lake City with the former editor of "Powder". He informed me that Gordy Pfiefer wasn't really a "finesse" skier, and went through an average of 6 pairs of B3's per year.