I've been a skiier up until about 8 years ago, took up snowboarding for a bit of a fresh challenge. The last few years we've been able to squeeze in a few trips to whistler, Revelstoke (mind blowing), and Courchevel(France) and Austria (I'm from Ireland). I find myself avoiding ski runs at all costs, and did a lot of slackcountry/cat boarding in Revelstoke...
The only pain in the ass with a board, and having a bunch of skiier friends is having to strap out when you come to a flat spot or hollow when exploring the backcountry. That and I find myself wanting to be able to hike into Virgin pow. A split board isn't going to cut it I don't think.
So a return to skis beckons. I will still rent aggressive race skis if there isn't much snow or I'm a little bored, and can feel pretty much on point charging groomers after a run or two. I just haven't skiied deep powder, or fat, rockered skis.
For you guys who have went from piste skiing to powder, how difficult did you find the transition? And also, how hard do you find it to bank a really tight turn in around trees with long, fat skis?
Any opinions would be appreciated!