Originally Posted by spindrift
I think your statement was clear. As was my response.
You are trying to use a logical structure that does not apply. It is not a simple black and white choice. In fact it does not have to be a choice at all. There is no bright line dividing skill and tools. They can complement one another.
The notion that someone should try to learn powder on skis designed for not-powder is simply a reflection of some combination of ego and disrespect for the learner in question.
I can ski my crazy reverse/revers/reverse powder boards on a groomer. If I try, I can often leave some tracks (slightly mushy. but parallel, tracks). Would I ever begin to suggest that a newb learn to ski groomers on those skis? Hell no. It would be simple abuse. And they'd likely learn all the wrong "skills".
Likewise for learning powder. The closer to a perfect powder ski someone is on, the easer it will be for them to learn to ski in powder. As they get comfortable, they can take their understanding of those movements to other skis. Where those skis can not accommodate those movements, they will have a better sense of how to adapt.
I learned to ski as an adult. I clearly remember my first attempts to ski powder. Often resulting in going over the bars, crabbing edges, etc. Not pleasant. Today I ski a whole bunch of powder. Twenty or so days this season. And almost every single day I do, I see people struggling and suffering on inappropriate gear (though less today than a few years ago). I also remember the first day I skied Pontoons. Wow. So easy.
For my .02, skiing should be fun. Learning new things in skiing should be fun. If you think someone needs to study for years before they are entitled to begin to have fun in powder, we just disagree. I'm not into hazing rituals. You can put any intermediate skier on modern powder friendly skis and they can go have fun. If they are so inclined, it'll be easier for them to progress and learn the finer points of powder on such skis. Obviously real world considerations will prevent most people from learning powder on pure powder skis - but there is a zone of appropriateness.
If your definition of fun is technical precision - great. If you think it is fun to be so accomplished you can ski anti-powder skis in powder - great. But I'm not a fan of shoving that definition of skiing fun onto everyone.