It has a huge range of skier type and ability level to start, and then when used for a variety of conditions and terrain, the Navigator 85 can hold its own pretty much anywhere. This is a true Chameleon of a ski, as it's able to change at a moment's notice--capable and willing to be a bump ski on one run and a powder ski the next. Throw in some icy groomers in there, and the ski won't be able to tell much difference, it just meets you wherever you are. Years ago, when we first got on these skis, we had one of the iciest days I can remember, and after 20+ years of skiing in Vermont, that's saying a whole lot. We were all pretty darn amazed at how well the skis held to the ice and completed nice, round, carved turns from top to bottom. The wood core with the carbon laminate is a great way to build a ski, as it doesn't have metal to weigh it down, but just enough power to keep the ski smooth, damp, and stable when the trails get tough. The shovel of the ski is more Enforcer-inspired, while the tail has a bit more Dobermann influence. This combination, with the 85 mm waist, is a great blend of a lot of different properties that make this one of the most well-rounded skis we've seen.