I bought this year's DH 157. First and foremost, this is an outstanding freestyle stick. Every time I go to the park I come back home with an ear to ear grin. On top of that, it is great for groomers, speed, drops, ice and handles powder to boot.
But, you can't be sloppy with your snowboarding technique anywhere on the mountain since it isn't forgiving. On the flipside, this unforgivingness will make you learn proper riding technique - otherwise it will beat you up (not just in terms of falling over but you'll waste a lot of your energy).