It was partly my fault, then exaccerbated by outside forces.
So I'm a bit lax when it comes to tuning my skis, but I had no idea how bad they could be when I started skiing a simple blue run. My skis wouldn't slide. Now I'm not exaggerating, they didn't slide at all. I literally shuffled down the mountain. I didn't bother taking them into the 3 feet of powder, as that would have been suicide.
An hour later I made it to the bottom. A run that normally takes me about 7 minutes when cruising. People skied by me giving me strange looks. It was skinning uphill, but downhill.
So, I go to the local ski shop, one I'm very unfamiliar with. I ask the guy for a good all mountain ski, that is good for the heaps of powder we have. He gives me a 168cm race carver that is as stiff as they come. I said to him 'that doesn't look like an all mountain ski to me' whereupon he vehemently defended his choice of ski and size and said I would thank him. I even said that I normally ski on about a 178 or longer (i'm just on six foot and 92kg) but he still said this was the ski for me.
On piste they skied fine. In the powder it was utter disaster. You would think I've never skied powder before. They were Nordica fire aroow 84 EDT. I read online later in the evening several reviews which said 'Don't take into deep powder.' Can't believe how stupid I am.
Anyway, after another disastrous run I return the ski an hour later. He charged me 85CHF (about 88 USD). I was well pissed by now.
It's obvious I won't be buying any skis from there, but it made me think, 'Has my skiing got that much worse?' and 'Can I only ski on fat skis now?' I ski on k2 public enemies about 5yrs old now, but I love them. 85mm under foot.
I do remember skiing powder on skinny skis, and really tearing it up. But my inability to ski deep powder on these Nordica's made me wonder if I've got lazy in my tecnique, or if this ski is just that bad in powder.