The skis: 185 Praxis Powder Boards mounted with Freeride+ at 100cm from the tip. This mount point is supposed to give them a more "conventional feel".
Me: About 200 lbs. I ski mostly at Beaver Mtn. UT which gets 400" a year but is sort of flat.
Other Skis In my active quiver: Scott P4 191, K2 PE 179, Head im103 183
Balance point: The ski has a different feel from everything else I skied. Super short runnign lenght and no tail to speak of. Don't sit back. Seems different from conventional skis and took me a day or two to get dialed in. But the way I have it mounted up, I just need to get the slightest bit forward to be right over the sweet spot. $$$
Pow: No surprises this ski is great in pow. The main differences between a P4 and Praxis in the pow are: More float, faster to plane. Carved turns are automatic tip and they turn, more versatility of turn shapes in pow, You can carve em or you can slarve. I find my self skiing much faster and more agressive in the fall line on these boards compared to conventional skis. Its a really fun ski in pow.
Trees and other tight places: Best tree ski I have been on. Carvy turns are automatic and quick in the trees. And using the slarve makes it very easy to change speeds and shut it down in a tight spot.
Funky snow: You can tell this ski was designed for skiing in the Sierra. So far this winter we have had many of windy storms and a few warm storms come through that left lot of wind buff or heavy layered snow. This ski makes heavy wind eroded or deposited and upside down layered (heavy over light) snow ski almost as nice as blower.
Cut Up Powderday Conditions: Skis better than anything else I have been on in cut up and soft crud. Even deep cut up heavy snow. The ski its self is fairly stiff and stable. For most powder day cut up you can either blast through or surf over at will. If in doubt, surf, the ski wants to float over most stuff any way. I got into trouble one day when I didn't scrape my bases. This ski has lot of surface area so make sure your wax is in good shape or else you can get tripped up when crossing from fast to slow sticky snow.
Chalk, small bumps, typical midwintet off trail conditions: In softer chalk the ski does quite well. You won't catch any edges. The ski works better if the snow is 3D since the effective edge is short.
Groomers: If you are skiing this on a powder day the groomers will be soft. If they are soft this ski works just fine. Once you get the balance point dialed in you can get them up on edge and carve on the forbody of the ski just a bit. Its enough edge for a soft green or blue groomer.
Cat Tracks / Skating: Skating is inefficinet on these skis. Its possible to work arround this if I use a really wide stance. The back side of the beav has a narrow slightly up hill cat track return. The narrowness makes it really slow skating back in bounds with these boards. Soft snow + narrow track makes these really hard to skate on efficiently.
Overall: I am still getting dailed in on this ski and still learning how to use them. So far it seem that any time the snow is soft the Praxis can be used effectively.