Hey there. I just purchased this board sort of on a whim. Ive been snowboarding for years (FeelGood 152 '04 was my most recent board), and needed a quick replacement. I didn't do my research. I am assuming from the directional shape/fat nose/my new larger size (156) that this board will be good in powder, but the comments about it being an early progressive board are making me a little uneasy. I love alpine, backcountry, powder, anything off the beaten track... is the mystique going to live up to my expectations?