I didn't think it was possible to ride a board that performs this well. I was in CO for a couple of weeks, and in any condition, the board just amazed me. As far as I know there is nothing out there that the element can't handle. It's stupid fast and the edge hold is just rediculous. I tried to wash it out and it just wouldn't let go. The board is weightless in the pow and initiating turns is effortless. All you have to do is think about turning and it just about does the rest. It also has plenty of pop so its ready for any launch you can throw at it. When it comes time to land the control is 100%. Simply put the board on the snow and like I said before, it just about does the rest. If you end up in a park, have no worries, you'll be able to stomp it. However, if park is all you do, this may not be the board for you. Not that it can't handle it(I would just hate to see an element stuck in the park all its life). It wants the big lines, the steeps and drops, and if your feelin squirly, it loves to fly down the mountain at mach. Not to mention it's a sick looking board. I received countless compliments. I could go on forever about this board. Yeah, it's that good. If you're into all of the above, try the element. Worth every penny. THANK YOU ARBOR!!!!!!!!!