I've been snowboarding for 7 yrs now and Ive gone through several boards. The Rome Blue is by fare my favorite!! I've used it in big mountain places like Tahoe and mammoth, and also in little resorts like Bear and Mountain High. No matter where Ive gone this board has met my needs. I bought this board two years ago and I still love it!! This board has changed my whole style and perception of snowboarding!! It's helped me progress so much in two years that Im still amazed when I think of myself slaying a box or riding halfpipe. I never thought Id get the confidence to feel comfortable riding in the park w/ the rest of the guys. I work for Chick's sporting goods in So-Cal and we carry mostly Nitro and Burton, but trust me once you've tasted what it's like to be on a Rome you'll never want anything else! If you know what's right you'll buy a Rome!!!!!