I will second the motion on the Volkl SuperSport Four Star - not quite exactly the same shape as the FiveStar, but let's not quibble. I skied the Four Star at the Stratton on-snow demos last week. Being 145 pounds full of food and a mediocre skier at best, I did not even try the FiveStar, but I did ski the FourStar several runs to compare them to shorty slaloms of other brands. They did not have any size shorter than 168, so I skied that. My own Rossi T-Powers [I am told by Rossi directly comparable to the 2002/2003 T-Power Viper S] skis well for me at 160 cm, so I am accepting that a shorter length than the 168 I demoed in the Volkl would be appropriate for me . Nevertheless, I was impressed by: (a) The ski's forgiveness and ease of turning, especially considering that the length was probably longer than I would buy for myself, (b) the long-turn/short turn versatility and (c) that great Volkl ice skate bite on the hard stuff (that was definitely hard snow and some ice). What a great combination! I am curious about (a) How this would work for a person of my weight and ability in a 160 cm length or there-abouts, and (b) How deep must the snow get before this ski gets un-fun? My own T-Powers will take maybe up to six inches of fluffy and are failures in crud; but the Supersport FourStar has a 112 mm tip, so maybe it might go a bit further in the pow and crud. All in all, a really impressive ski, even for this really average skier in a length longer than recommended.