I recently bought my first board.
It is a K2 After Dark, which is basically the Wide version of the Darkstar( I have big feet). I am a beginner and I ride groomed, icy east coast hills. I was riding rental Burtons, mostly customs, and it is like night and day. I find this board very easy to control and it fits me. Mind you I am over 200lbs, and hear this board can feel like a 2x4 to someone who is lighter.