Whaat? This guy has a 98 width ski and you guys think he has to go and spend at least $500 for the odd powder day because 98 is narrow? Am I missing something in this post??? If you can't ski powder with a 98 width ski, you don't need a wider ski, you just need a little guidance and practice in powder. Skiing powder is a bit like riding a bike, but easier to explain. But some people I know never seem to get the hang of it, no matter what skis they have or how long they try.
For the sake of argument. . Someone above said skiing is skiing, same technique for powder as a groomed slope? Wrong! That's why you can ski typical conditions all day with someone with no problems, then with snow the next day, they are down, down, down and running away from the snow.
I scored my first powder at Le Massif, Quebec, >30 ys ago. The frenchie that was with us had us college boys jumping side to side on the mattress in the hotel, feet together, arms forward.
One thing for sure, you don't edge in when in powder. You have to reach that level of self trust to face forward and charge down the hill.
Regarding your boot problems. You just can' have them, they need to fit tight and right!
A 98 mm width ski is what I would call a mid- fat ski . I have a pair of Volkl Mantras that fit this category .
In no way do these surf as well in deep snow as my Rossignol fully rockered S7's .
The Mantras have a tendency to sink and not surf even though many reviews rated them as the best powder ski in the mid - fat category .
A wider ski like the S7 is simply a better ski in deep snow . If it's only 3- 4 inches or so I use the Mantras . 6 or more the S7's