yes, overseas Craig. I live in Perth, first place I skied was Kashmir (late 70's), then 80's ski-bum in France/South America, but have never skied in Australia, not interested. I intend skiing North America, Europe & Japan over the coming years.
Probably phrased that the wrong way, I should have said: if I want to get on the best equipment available to ski powder, then I'm going to have to rent skis, as I want to stick to a 1-ski quiver for the time being, all mountain around 84-88mm wide for my size & ability, but would still like to use the best equipment available when there's some deep fresh stuff.
I'm aware that they're not absolutely necessary, anyone who took up skiing in the last 15 years might not.
In the 80's I had a set of the best skis available at the time, Dynamic VR27 SL, as I didn't want any "intermediate-ski crap". We skied all types of snow with those (my mate had the same), not only powder, but thick crust, couloirs, & mushy thick slop in spring. You could plough thru anything if you were a reasonable skier.
As for the "horse and buggy shite", yeah, not much of a believer in the good ol' days, like some of the previous people, who still like to get on their old long straight skis. My VR27's are long gone, but if they weren't they'd be on the games room wall
Sports equipment always progresses. always been a surfer & took up paddle-surfing over 6 years ago. I wouldn't get back on the board I first had, & make do with a much shorter SUP these days, but ideally need a 2-sup quiver, for different conditions.................
Thus back to my original question, see above:
ski for groomers & some off-piste??
ski for powder (more surf-feel??) & some groomers?