I was at Wildcat in NH the other day. They had about a foot of fresh snow, which is great, but it was absolute wet cement with a tiny bit of crust mixed in.
I'm a decent powder skier but I got completely owned skiing on a pair of 174 K2 Hardsides. The tips would dive, even at speed, and turning was very rough. The Hardsides are 98 underfoot, with a bit of tip rocker and a flat tail. They've been serviceable on a typical pow day but I've planned for some time to buy something wider with more rocker. It's rare that I need it but I sure could have used it on Wednesday. I learned the basics of skiing powder years ago. The regular tricks didn't work here.
Me: 44 years old, 5'11", 175 lbs. Advanced, not expert. I'll ski most marked runs and enjoy ungroomed very much. Bump technique needs work. I ski the woods with caution. 35 days last year, with a couple of western trips. That was a weak year for me.
Daily driver is a 180 Blizzard Brahma, just purchased and I'm liking those a lot.
I tested a 180 Rossi Soul 7 last year and thought it was pretty good.
I'm looking for a ski that may have helped me the other day in the cement. A purposeful deep snow ski. The Brahmas will be fine almost always out here, but I'd like something for that rare day....