A little about me:
level 8 to 9 skier
Ski an average of 30-40 days a year and have for almost the last 20 years
Current quiver includes the 2010 Dynastar Sultan 85 in a 178 for everyday use in the midwest and the 2009 Volkl Gotama in a 183 for my everyday out west ski.
After skiing some powder locally a few weeks ago I decided I wanted to pick up a pair of seriously fat skis and after reading a lot of reviews since demos are pretty much out of the question at home I bought a pair of 189 K2 Hellbents with Marker Schizo bindings. Unfortunately I didn't have them in time to take them to Utah a couple of weeks ago so I was "forced" to take them out to the local hill to try them out. My first impression when I pulled the skis out of the box was "HOLY CRAP THESE THINGS ARE HUGE!" That seemd to be the reaction from most people I encounted this weekend as well. The look on people's faces alone was almost worth the price. On saturday I waited for the snow to soften up a bunch in the afternoon before I took them out. The top half of the hill was slush on top of frozen hardpack and the bottom half the hill was true soft spring conditions. As expected they have very little edge grip on soft snow but I was able to controlable skided turns without falling to my death. When I got in the the spring mush though they really came alive. I could carve nice big GS turns with relative ease as they stayed on top and plowed right through the slush and slop. I did notice how soft the ski was though when I got some air off a little roller and landed a little back and that will take some getting use to for sure. I had to be sure to stay on top of the ski or risk the ski washing out on harder snow. As the snow softens up even more this week with rain and highs between 50 and 60 I look forward to take them out for a few more turns before taking them to Breck at the end of the month and hopefully using them as intended.