Originally Posted by ski=free
What are your opinions on the best depth of powder for fun skiing? For instance I'd say between 8 and 24 inches works best for me. I've skied in 3 feet of powder and it was just too much Ski instructors were having trouble.
I like enough to have that floating feeling but not so much that you just get tired and over worked.
Am I nuts or is any depth enjoyable if you have the right skis?
Here is a simple formula that you can use to determine how much fun you are going to have on any given powder day:
where x0 is a relatively static factor incorporating slope angle (in degrees), the mean settled snow base, and terrain variablity features; and x1 is the snow quality factor (SQF), which takes into consideration a) current-storm snow depth, b) snow water content, c) current-storm and recent-past meteorological conditions, d) your ego-adjusted skiing ability, and e) the flex-pattern-adjusted underfoot area of your ski, expressed in Newton-millimeters.
The resulting value, y, is your estimated fun factor.
It's simple really.... You can do the math on the chairlift. I think Sharper Image sells funmeters that have a Powder-Day option that does a lot of the grunt work for you. If you redline the funmeter or if a face shot short-circuits your unit, then all bets are off...