I absolutely love this board. I took it on a 4-day Yurt trip in the Pioneer Mountains in Idaho. I am 5'9" 155lbs and I typically ride a 154 every day and a 158 for pow and steeper lines. I have the 156 and I could not be happier. It handles pow like nobody's business but is surprisingly stable on windscoured terrain. I had no issues with traction on the skin track and the shorter length makes hop turns in tighter terrain a piece of cake.