> "...Intead of fighting the fat skis tendency to climb up out of the snow, I think it is easier (and smoother) to use a narrower ski and ski in the slush..."
Obviously, everyone has different preferences, but like all the other posters thusfar in this thread, I love my fats for spring slop, especially when it is deeply tracked up. In fact, in this part of the country, mine see more use in slop than they do in new snow. To go even further, while most people refer to fatties as "powder skis", I refer to mine as my "slop skis".
IMHO, it is MUCH smoother to be riding on top of such snow than to have your skis and boots down in it. The reason is that when you go through push-piles with your skis deeply immersed, you suddenly encounter a lot of fore-aft resistance, then you bust through and the resistance suddenly decreases. OTOH, when I'm riding high in the slop, the changes in fore-aft resistance are vastly decreased and I don't have to use as much energy to stay balanced.
With respect to your comment about picking up more speed on fats, that is true, HOWEVER, you certainly don't pick up any more speed on fats in slush than you would on a packed groomer, and if you control your descent by turn shape instead of hoping for snow resistance to help you out, this "extra speed" is a complete non-issue.
As you can probably tell, in slush, you would have to pry my fats out of my cold, dead hands before I would give them up. Besides, I bet I can spray someone with more wet slop on my fats than you can on your skinny skis. Neyh ... neyh ...
Tom / PM
PS - Also, don't forget that what width is fat for you, may or may not be fat for someone else. Take a look at the old "Equivalent Float Chart" thread:http://forums.epicski.com/showthread... hart#post4525