I rode the solace all last year in Colorado's powder and loved it! As a newby to powder, and kinda newby to snowboarding in general this board seemed like the perfect combo of flex while still offering control. Although I don't have much to compare it to, I am very happy with this board as an entry board that won't break the bank while still able to keep up as I improve. I logged in almost every other weekend for 3 months of snow and board held up great... even though I gave it a beating.!