Just came back from an epic week at Snowbird - nearly four feet of snow piled up over four days of intermittent storms and moderate to heavy "mere snowfall". I left my old K2 Launchers at home, figuring I'd demo The Gotama or The Czar. As fate would have it, I went with the Gotama (183), only because the Czar wasn't available in my preferred length.
What stands out most about the Gotama is the sense you have that these babies are riding on autopilot. You just need to focus on what you're doing with your arms, legs, knees, hips, etc, and the ski senses your inputs and the terrain, and knows exactly what to do. Floats like a dream, effortlessly, through the deep pow, carves like a champ on groomers, holds with tremendous strength and confidence on ice, and is nimble enough for skiing soft bumps and those quick hop turns on extreme, narrow steeps. Best of all, it blasts through sudden changes in snow depth and texture without throwing you off balance or into the back seat. Kinda like standing on top of cruise missile. This ski is extraordinarily versatile for its dimensions, and it's apparent perception as a "powder ski". I know this is quite a mouthful, but you really need to try this ski to understand what I'm saying. It literally made me a better skier!
This is definitely the ultimate, all around ski for western slopes. Volkl is on to something really great here - let's hope they don't change it!