I've used the stairmaster on very steep hardpacked/ice combo, and powder runs, charging them on and off. It is a softer board by far contrast to the norm and takes a good deal of instincts and feeling things out to know how to use it when going fast down a hill on particularly powder runs where criss crossed pathes are all over making for soft, but little bastard bumps to get over.
However it is doable, I charge harder than the majority by far and it's easily doable, just need to remember you have to ride it a lot more sensitive and stay focused on getting feedback or rather "feet"back to know what do and react. I was flying off noels this weekend on powder runs and loved it charging them not backing down. Although I prefer my other board for the powder type of terrain for pushing through it better, it can be done, just need to adjust your style a bit and learn how to adapt to the different board.
For ice/hardpacked, nothing is noticeable IMO carving or so forth (unless comparing to an all mountain board) until you try turning too sharp at a certain speed and if you catch a bump. The only time I ever encounter shattering is if I try drastically switching the board to a full front or back stopping position (facing down the hill or up the hill) going down a hill that's very steep or slowing down, and hitting a few bumps in the terrain to instigating it to shatter.
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Last edited by Vlaze; 02-23-2009 at 11:40 AM.