Hi all, been reading articles here for some time, apparently I've been registered for years too but just now really digging in.
Yesterday I demoed my first ever "powder" skis, K2 Pinnacle 105s at 177cm length. I have to say I was surprised by how much better they felt in powder and deep-ish crud compared with my usual all-mountain skis (Dynastar Cham 87s). I've got two more free demo days from the shop if I buy, and hopefully with El Nino I'll have more chances soon to try other models. I'm also looking at some big Rossis (can't remember the model) and the larger Dynastar Chams.
I noticed with the Pinnacles that it felt almost like I was skiing in a shallow bowl-like track as I turned, and I felt much more in control than I ever have in powder. However it felt really, really tough to get a good edge on groomers. Obviously for groomer days I'll be using my primary all-mountain skis. The guy at the shop recommended I demo something firmer next time (like the larger Chams) for comparison.
I know there are a lot of great skiiers and instructors here with loads more experience than me (I started skiing 2012-2013 season), so I'd appreciate any further pointers on what to look for and what it should feel like. We don't get a lot of really deep powder days here (a foot is extremely rare, at least for the days I can get out skiing) so probably something crazy like 130 underfoot is too much. Thanks!