This is my first board with magnatraction and it feels realy good. Although this board is on the lower end of GNU, it still is a big step up from my Atomic board. Because the snow has been really limited in California this year, I have only ridden it twice. The first day there was tons of powder and to be honest, it was like learning how to ride all over again. I caught edges everywhere I road. My assumption it that it was me and not the board performing in powder. The second day riding was on groomed man packed snow. On groomed snow, the board was awesome. I'm more of an all mountain boarder and the board really impressed me on the slopes. There's enough flex to jib around and have fun, but it's stiff enough to have confidence on steeper hills. In addition, the magnatraction works wonders without having to lean too much to carve, very sensitive compared to my previous board. My level of riding would be above beginner to intermediate, nothing crazy. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is because of my comparison to to Skate Banana my friend purchased. Both board have pretty much similar technology but the build quality of the Skate Banana seems much better (keeping in mind they are built by the same manufacture).