Hi I’m Thom I just got off of the Salomon XDR 79 CF. This is a 4 out of 5 star ski for me. It is definitely geared towards your athletic beginner or somebody who has rented few times, who really wants to push their skills to a solid intermediate quickly. This ski allows you to skid and smear it pretty effortlessly, it doesn’t demand a whole lot from you. But with the CFX fiber in there, when you get the ski on edge it is actually really damp, and it holds that carve surprisingly well. It allows you to get up to pretty moderate speeds before it shows any signs of nervousness. So for that guy who is really working on pushing their technique wants to spend a lot of time on the hill, and wants to improve quickly it is a fantastic choice. 4 out of 5 stars.