Aha!!......I remember when those went out, thanks..........
So it is
more of an everyday ski than a specialty tool. I didn't suggest the Lotta because I was thinking on the wider end of the everyday spectrum and the Lotta fits sort of in the middle. IMO the everyday ski spectrum ranges from approximately 68mm or so to about 88mm or so.
I break everyday skis down this way (and this is VERRRRY approximate)
68mm.........90% groomed with little appetite for deep snow
78mm.........70% groomed with mild appetite for deep snow
88mm.........50% groomed with hunger for deep snow but a realistic view of how often you'll find it
98mm.........Priority for deep snow and a willingness to deal with a ski that is not real great the rest of the time.
This is a spectrum
rather than a finite set of definitions. There are tons of variations, increments, and stops along the way. My opinion is that the fat ski (~~98mm) is not the best tool for an intermediate to learn off trail skiing (powder yes, but general off piste skiing does not usually involve that much powder) Therefore I suggested something in the middle to wider side of that 50/50 grouping.
Yes, Yes, Yes...........
:.......some skiers ski fat skis all day everyday. But they fit into category #4 and are probably significantly more confident in the off trail than you are at this point.
I get this request from customers all the time......(parphrase) "I want something for all mountain use both on and off the trails and I want it to handle some powder when I get it.......but I don't want a pure powder ski or anything really fat"
I think that I understand my customers pretty well and I think that for the most part, they really don't live
for the off trail. They go there....they just don't live
So......as a replacement for the Burnin' the Lotta or the B2W or the Exclusive Legend make a lot of sense.
As a supplement (or replacement) that still holds everyday capabilities, then the Exclusive Powder or the Queen Attiva or the B3-W. All make good sense.
IMO the fattie skis are supplements only.