Ok, first off, I'm not a troll and this is a serious question.
Why do people (and from the sound of it, a LOT of people) like skiing soft snow so much?
I just came back from a day at Alyeska with 30+ inches of new snow, and quite honestly, it was horrible. Realize I have grown up skiing groomers and love the adrenaline of going fast. I ski fast and aggressively on hard snow and feel in complete control at all but the fastest of speeds. I have VERY little experience skiing in lots of fresh snow, as I have never understood the appeal and avoided it my entire life.
The mountain today was pure work... Skis got stuck in the snow at every turn, mountains of crud everwhere made crashing happen every few minutes (I will ski 5+ days on groomers without a single crash normally). No ability to get speed, and if you do the ridiculously unpredictable terrain will smash you into the snow in the blink of an eye. And I wasn't the only one... except for the occasional expert, just about everyone on the mountain was inching their way down. I even took my skis off and walked several times (which was quite embarassing).
Now, Alyeska is a very steep mountain, and nothing I skied today was untouched powder... more like extremely deep chopped crud (boots sank in to my mid thighs). And I also realize my lack of "skill" on powder probably has something to do with it. But I still can't help but wonder why anyone finds this kind of skiing better. It's very hard work, not particularly rewarding, and I felt out of control almost the whole time.
GIven the contrast between that and the adrenaline fueled carving I really enjoy, I would ask why anyone prefers driving a bus through potholes over a race car around a race track?
I'm seriously interested in replies, because I don't understand the raving enthusiasm for powder. Thanks fellas.