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Skis or board for powder?

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I'm a competent skier, and a competent snowboarder. We're heading out west, and I am planning to take my east-coast skis, and then if we get a good snow (4+ inches?) rent some wider skis. But, I've had no experience skiing powder, but find snowboarding in powder very easy and enjoyable. In the long term, I'd like to be able to ski in powder, but I'm not sure that I wouldn't rather bring along the snowboard this time in case it dumps so I can get out and enjoy it without too much trouble. 

 

So what do I do: bring skis and a board and enjoy all possible conditions today, putting off learning to ski in "good" snow? Or rent some powder skis should I have the opportunity this trip, possibly enjoying this specific trip less but setting the stage for the future?

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I'm a competent skier, and a competent snowboarder. We're heading out west, and I am planning to take my east-coast skis, and then if we get a good snow (4+ inches?) rent some wider skis. But, I've had no experience skiing powder, but find snowboarding in powder very easy and enjoyable. In the long term, I'd like to be able to ski in powder, but I'm not sure that I wouldn't rather bring along the snowboard this time in case it dumps so I can get out and enjoy it without too much trouble. 

 

So what do I do: bring skis and a board and enjoy all possible conditions today, putting off learning to ski in "good" snow? Or rent some powder skis should I have the opportunity this trip, possibly enjoying this specific trip less but setting the stage for the future?


How wide are your skis?  If it snows >6 inches, are you going to take a lesson or just head out and see what happens?  Going where?

 

The first skis I took for trips out west (6 years ago) were 75cm underfoot, with a wide shovel (I'm petite).  Now I have all-mountain that are 88cm.  At this point, I have enough powder experience to not bother to rent unless the snow is likely to be 6+ inches.  When I owned both the 75cm and 88cm, I only took the wider skis.

 

For what it's worth, I talked to someone from PA who skied as kid (probably raced), switched to snowboarding for 10 years, but is completely on fat skis now.  He skis nothing but off-piste at Alta/Snowbird.  After skiing powder on powder skis, he had no reason to snowboard in the west again.

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I do both skiing and snowboarding at a level competent enough to cover most terrain. 

 

Since you're travelling, it's less hassle to bring just one set of boots and demo the biggest, fattest, most rockered-to-hell powder skis you can find if it dumps. 

 

If you have enough room in your luggage to bring the board and snowboard boots too then do it, just in case you really feel like riding.

 

I have a 164cm Never Summer Premier F1 that I use as my powder board, and 177cm K2 Pon2oons that are 132mm underfoot for my powder skis. The Pon2oons float better than my board. In deep snow I'd rather have my skis than my board. You're less likely to get stuck on a flat with the skis. The skis are more versatile, letting you traverse higher to access more terrain. If you're a competent skier then you will have little to no problem learning to ski deep snow on a big, fat powder ski.

 

I'll also add that snowboarding deep pow and skiing deep pow feel different. Skiing gives me more of an adrenaline rush. Riding gives me more a feeling of euphoria. Pick your poison.


Edited by Toecutter - 2/10/15 at 4:49pm
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132mm! wow that's huge. I may go that way just bring my skis (Dynastar Contact Limited) and then rent powder skis if we're lucky enough to get some nice snow. I need to find out what the difference between skis and a board is for me. Euphoria is a good description of boarding in snow; it felt completely natural. I hope I can get to that point with skis. 

 

We're going to Snowmass/Aspen

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If the forecast predicts a lot of snow overnight make sure to grab the fat skis the day before so you don't waste time in the rental shop in the morning while every one else and his cousin is gobbling up the fresh snow. Untracked powder is a limited resource that goes quickly.

 

I enjoy both skiing and snowboarding. The equipment I select for each day depends upon my mood and the conditions. On icy days I prefer skis because I hate falling on a snowboard. In deep powder, say 6 inches and above, I prefer my powder skis. In between I may as well flip a coin.

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