Skis - Volkl Gotama (133-105-124) 168 cm.
Weather and snow - Mostly sunny, 20 - 28 degrees, minimal wind. There was a combination of groomed, broken powder, soft powder in the trees and some powder that began to get a bit heavy from sun exposure.
I started out on a groomed beginner/intermediate run that is really wide. This trail lends itself to big sweeping high speed arcs and has a small steep section where you can cram in 20 or so short turns. It was a strange feeling for me to try to tip such a wide ski on a groomer. With a 21m radius they did carve a huge arc with speed and stability.
Now I understand this isn't a ski for where I was taking it, but I took the same route on all three skis I demo'd (except I free skied a bit longer on the Legends). I chose the 168 length because I knew I had plans to take them in some tight trees later.
I tried the short turns on the steeper section. Well, I could steer them sort of (pivot slip style). It was "interesting".
On to the bumps. The first few turns were a challange. Then I did something I hadn't done in years. Went back to my old freestyle stance. Skiing a flatter ski and more upright stance worked.
I took then into the crud next. They skimmed over the top of everything. The problem (for me) is that the tips deflect vertically (think vibration here) at speed. They were plenty stable, but the constant up and down of the tips wasn't a lot of fun.
My goal on these was to ski them in powder the last 1 1/2 hours I had with them. I headed over to a few secret spots I know of in the trees and turned into the woods where there was about 20" of pretty fresh, minimally tracked powder. This was clearly what they were made for. After a few turns I knew what they would do and they were floating high up in the fresh snow. I played slalom in the trees and actually started laughing. What a fun ski for a steep and deep tree run. I skied the area 3 times and had a blast.
If I were looking for a powder only ski, this would be an obvious choice. Problem is I could never get by what they did in the skied out powder. So....not my choice....but a GREAT powder ski.