well, you're on a "carving" ski for one; it is designed to turn, pretty easily. technique flaws in powder, even just up to the top of your boots, might really get things lively. if, for example, you've got your skis as far apart as you do on the groomed, those turny edges will wanna catch and do what they're supposed to do.
i mean, these aren't powder skis but at the same time they ought to be skiable, certainly; so maybe it's a technique issue. IF you're going to look for a ski that you'll do well (or better) with all over the mountain, in varying terrain, you might want to consider a wider(and/or less sidecut),less "turny" ski.
there are many sources of helpful info on the web re skis, and skis for different purposes.
the 11.20 would be a more suitable ski for powder/off-piste but if your technique needs a bit of work anyway it won't be a whole lot easier than the 9.18. (It IS "officially" a
More Demanding Ski.)
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 08, 2002 03:00 PM: Message edited 2 times, by ryan ]</font>