Quick back story.... I used to board at Love Land back in the early 00's. On big snow days I would love to hit the ridge and do three fast turns on the way down, using up a big space and really leaning over hard. Most skiers would be doing 1/4 the speed and do little jump turns straight down the fall line.
Now it's been over ten years since I've been on the slopes (back this time with ski's) and it looks like things have changed a lot with skis and skiing.
Do most skiers now "carve" on big, steep open powder bowels, or are the smaller jump turns still popular above tree line?
I've tried looking at videos of skiiers skiing big powder bowls and the turns, while much faster, still seem to have that bob up and down motion down the fall line. Is it possible to surf on ski's just like a snowboard? Can you do big beautiful cut back style turns, just like a surfer or heal side snowboarder?
How will my 180cm Blizzard Bonafides do in the deep powder compared to my Ride Timeless board (173cm IIRC)? Do you have to use a wider, longer, big mountain ski to get the same surfing feel?
Basically I want to replicate this feel of turns I get from my board...
1) Straight run steep deep slope until your doing ~ 30 mph.
2) Arc a huge heal side turn where your butt is almost skimming the snow. End the turn when you're perpendicular to the slope
3) Pop over to toe slide turn and get your armpit in the snow... end the turn when you're perpendicular to the slope
4) Back onto the heals and point the board down the slope, gaining as much speed as you can to get back to the lift.
So far I prefer my new skis to the board on groomed terrain, but I've yet to ski a big open powder bowl.
Do those of you that ski and board still grab the board on deep days?