Originally Posted by Tog
The op is in Jersey. He's not skiing in 3 feet of powder nor is he likely to buy powder skis.
Jhcooley nailed it.
So what people today on current powder gear are handicapped from people 10 years from now in learning powder? All the current gear will be considered practically barbaric? " Oh those poor fools having to learn on those ancient Praxis powder skis."
"Bring out yer Lunch trays!.."
I don't care if it is six inches. I learned to ski as an adult. I learned to ski powder after that. I remember the frustration. And I vividly remember my first run on Pontoons. It was life changing - and motivated me to look at the design issues in play quite a bit. Feel free to find the roots of the whole rocker and wider debates on this site...
The whole "only six inches" or "not 3 feet" thing is just distraction. If you are talking 6 inches or even a foot of dry smoke with super low water content, then sure. Because you are skiing right through it. Nothing 3D about it. OTOH, there are plenty of 4-6 inch days where the water content and/or wind deposition makes it almost bottomless in terms of engaging an edge. And by 14 inches - good luck.
You guys very likely have a lifetime of hard earned skills. But it is almost masochistic to make someone deal with that learning curve today. I'm a quiver fan. But I also understand some do not need or want - or can not afford - a quiver. Fine. But when someone asks what one thing will make the powder and deep snow learning curve easier (or often just not miserable), there is one answer - appropriate gear. Generally speaking, that means fatter, rocker on both ends, tapered, shortish and shallow side cut length (which generally means a decent amount of surface area underfoot). Rent or borrow it. (assuming you have boots that fit ).
Are you really going to tell me you'd tell someone living in powder land who only has uber-wide reverse/reverse skis that they'd best learn to ski ice on those powder skis so they can be more versatile and save the costs and hassle of getting their hands on something more hard snow and carve oriented? I doubt it. But go ahead, shock me...
As for what will be considered barbaric in ten years, who knows.The first time I saw Spatulas on a wall I laughed. A couple years later I was talked into trying a pair of Pontoons. I no longer laughed... Things evolve.