The Taipan has been my board of choice this whole season, and not because it's cheap. I have plenty of good boards, mostly got this so if my buddies wanted to come along i had a cheap board for them. i tried it out one day just to see if it was at least decent, and i havent' been on any of my other boards since. haven't had a lot of experience in deep powder yet, but it's supposed to be pretty good for that. go for it, i'd be shocked if you're not happy with it.