They are kinda heavy, but once you get used to it, it's not really a big deal...only really hurts your spinning, and you shouldn't be spinning more than a 5 on them anyway. It's like getting used to driving a big Hummer H1 instead of a little Honda Civic.
I skied mine around Anchorage, and I'm guessing coastal Alaska is alot like where you are...sometimes you get pow, but it's not super light, fluffy Utah style pow, and sometimes it's slick, hard, and crusty snow...They can handle themselves decently on that stuff, but that isn't where they are made to shine...get them into anything untouched and you'll be having the time of your life.
You don't have to ride the backseat to stay afloat like you do on skinny skis, they just plane up on top of the snow, and you can pressure the front of your boots and ski normal, if it's super deep they just sit under the surface of the snow, but you still keep awesome speed and feel like you're surfing.
PM mattman10 he's got a pair of 130s that he ride in Ontario, I believe, so it's always icy there, he could give more feedback, but I bet he says the same thing I do about the skis, which is that they are amazing and he likes them alot.
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