i just started riding this season and this was my first board (2008 version), its a sweet board, did over 30 days on it, it is super fast and really slick for pow/groomers. I didn't find it that comfortable in the park, and i find it to be quite stiff.I bought a dh2.2 this year, and its a better board IMO. Better in the park, better off jumps/landings, more flex, and better all mountain. The Rome is better for groomers though. The cambered design makes it easy to catch an edge so you can't really relax, but it bites into ice without a lot of chatter because of that.