Never been to Japan. Never really been in much powder (except for last year in Vermont :) )
My wide ski is a Fischer ranger 98. I love it for the day of the dump when 6 inches of fresh falls on Mt. Mansfield and its crud by noon. That ski handles all the changing conditions well.
But I finally decided to go west. I mean so far west it's called the east. Now, I read about the fabulous dry pow that falls in January (when I'm going) and have been told my boards won't cut it. A lot of names have been thrown at me - bodacious, bent chetler, shiro, automatic,...but I don't know much about those skis. In fact I don't know much about powder skiing.
I love carving. I love the trees at Jay. But that floaty feeling hasn't been in my diet. So my question is this:
how different are powder skis from each other? In the land of carvers, a Kastle is hard and damp, a brahma is more laid back, a k2 softer and a solomon more playful still. Even within brands, there are now variants. When it comes to powder skiing though, my understanding is that nature of physical movement is totally different. Instead of gradual, smooth calculated weight transitions there is this concept of 'hopping'. What kind of ski would a newbi to powder best take to Japan?
BTW, I am planning to take a guide off piste as well. I am thinking of marker kingpin bindings but my boots are traditional alpine boots-Lange RS 110. I guess that means I would have to go for that heavier binding like the salomon guardian or the marker equivalent.
Any suggestions/insight/or links to other informative threads?