What is your opinion, with regards to width for conditions as described? I was skiing the past few days in what was excellent pow for Bachelor, with a few wind-packed spots here and there. 11 degree snow one day, 15 the next. Terrain was moderate, like a 28-degree pitch, and things stayed fresh most of they day. Lots of trees, not much big-mountain terrain available. Bouncing between uncut sections and slightly skied out crud, and eventually over some frozen bumps underneath.
Skiing various skis this day got me to think what the ideal width of ski would be for these conditions specifically. I know that I ended up having a ton of fun, the most fun by far, on the ~100mm skis. I found the wider 110-120 skis to be be kind of boring, and the narrower ski to be a lot of work in the crud. He is what I noticed:
The narrow 80mm ski didn't have much float, and I was getting caught up the snow too often. It was fine in new snow, when I had speed, but on narrower pitches, I wasn't rolling fast enough to turn. In crud in the steeper sections, I was having to work a lot to get the ski released. I could do it, but really had to be dialed an on my game for a narrower ski such as this.
The ~100mm skis were money. Just enough float to let rip and keep up speed (very important at Bachelor, which is a notoriously flat mountain). Enough narrowness to encourage me to ski very actively: working the ski tip to tail, releasing at the end of the turn and causing the ski to move in and out of the snow, and feel the power of a release that has you completely unweighted between turns, flying down the fall line. Also the best width to work in the soft, cruddy bumps. Very active width; gives you feedback without being too much work. Also very rewarding.
Bigger 110-120mm skis: were fun, but just kind of planed over the snow, so I felt more like I was skiing a groomer. That can be a huge plus at Bachelor when the snow is heavy, but for this particular day, wasn't as much fun. Also, It felt like because I was so on top of the snow, skiing it like a groomer, I didn't have to ski all that well and release actively at the end of the turn. It was more like a park-and-ride feel. Sure, that is less work, but I was missing out on some of what makes skiing pow so unique. The true weightlessness of a downward release/retraction/extension turns wasn't there. That feeling of absolutely setting up a turn perfectly (and getting the reward when loading up the ski at the bottom of the next turn) wasn't as prevalent. It was more of a "go fast and really straight" feel.
For these conditions, I have to say I was having the best time on those skis closest to 100mm (which, on these days, were the ON3P Vicik, Head Inferno, Blizzard Bonafide, and Kastle BMX98). This isn't really a ski review though, just more of a width review/discussion.
So, what would your take be in conditions as described above? I see everything from race GS skis to K2 Darksides on days like that up at the hill.