I've owned and ridden all 3 boards that you're considering. I'd shy away from the Raptor if I were you, but think you'd be fine on either the Cobra or the Premier. Premier is on the stiff side, but I bought the 09/10 version early in my 2nd season of riding and had no issues with it at all. If you're looking for the most versatile, the Cobra is going to be the way to go. It is NOT a pow board, but a killer all-mountain board that happens to excel in pow. I personally think there's a lot to be said for sticking with another NS board at your ability level. You'll get the differences that you're looking for, without the completely unfamiliar feel you might get from a different manufacturer, with different design, construction, etc.