Last Saturday I was up in NH at Attitash and it was "snowing" clumps of tiny balls of hail (at least that's what it looked like to this novice). I can't remember exactly, but there must have been at least 6-8 inches of the stuff on the ground. Attitash didn't groom until the following day, so until then there was this extremely dense slush/powder that got progressively chopped up as the day wore on. I've been focused on learning to carve on hard snow all season and this unexpected precipitation wore me out!
Putting aside for the moment the skill required to ski such conditions, I have two questions:
1. What do you call that sort of snow conditions anyway? Slush? Crud? Something else entirely?
2. I was on a demo pair of 172cm Line Prophet Flites for the day. I had wanted to demo the P90 instead but unfortunately the shop did not have them. Furthermore, I am 5'11" 185 lbs full-loaded, so the Flites in that length were probably not enough to truly float me in deep powder, but I did definitely get some very lovely floating sensations when I found a bit of un-skiied "powder" at the edges. My question is: would I have been better served with even fatter skis for such difficult snow conditions, or was I supposed to get a carving ski and just ski below the surface to the harder snow underneath?
The next day the same slopes were groomed, soft, and lovely, and a pair of Nordica Fire Arrow Ti (the green ones) served me very well there. Unfortunately, while the soft Flites made the previous day's numerous bumps a cinch, my poor technique on the same moguls was rather well-illuminated the next day by the stiffer Fire Arrows. I wonder if that means I should stick with a Prophet 90 or 98, or whether I should man up and learn how to ski bumps with stiffer front-side carvers ....