I was a little worried about paying full price for this board. I usually wait till the end of the season to buy my snowboard equipment when there are big discounts, but this board always sold out. Well, I bought the Black/Gray Skate Banana in January '11 and went to Brighton for a long weekend. Didn't get any fresh snow so it was packed and icy in places and this board rocked! Immediately it felt awesome of the first lift. The best way I can describe it, is it gives you confidence and immediately helps your snowboarding improve. It held great on the icy parts and turns effortlessly. I recommend this board for any rider and for the whole mountain. I can't wait to ride it in powder.