Its primary design is for snowkiting although I had it up yesterday in its virgin outing(gravity back country turns)& it was different but nice. It'll for sure be a great design for snowkiting and powder. Yesterday was a nice variety of conditions including boiler plate, chowder, crust on chowder, corn and wet corn. Board skins well - no problems there. Definitely not a boiler plate board. Rides good in anything that it sinks into ok although it doesn't like to point & go - seems to always want to be turning but rides good as long as you flow with it. Pretty damp board but I think that's for launching big kiting airs.