yea i;m pretty sure the sparks are just rebranded G3s... pretty sure i read that on SB.com
on them switchbacks (with your factory sidecut on the inside of your feet) you gotta get used to weighting your downhill foot and that edge... but its all good... the best stuff is just too steep for skinning
those oly p&s are so great for PNW weather! i've tied mine on the end of my flyrod in place of a hook and high-sticked it thru a steelhead run (underwater, bouncing off rocks) and it survived it fine
if olympus made a Tough with an APS-C sized or a 1" sensor to compete with the sony rx100 they would have a serious game-changer....