Originally Posted by MattL
So what is the magic number for that I should go by?
In Utah it's not always easy to tell from the morning report, because it can snow so hard. One of my great powder days started with a 5:00 am Alta report of 0" new, but snowing. By the time the chairs opened they had 4" at the bottom and by 1:00 almost a foot. You gotta love that "lake effect."
The Trouble Makers or 6 Stars would certainly work as a non-powder ski, but I like my M:EXs as a regular Utah ski because you are almost always skiing some kind of crud, which is where the M:EXs excell. They will also lay out a stable high speed carve on Regulator Johnson if that's what you need. M:EXs will work really well as a powder/cud ski for me up to about 8", and I have enjoyably skied them in much deeper, but I usually go to my fattest ski as soon as there is enough to ski the steeps without feeling anything stiff underneath, which is usually around 8", depending on the density of the snow.
If you are a bumper or end up going after a long drought or melt/freeze you may want to condisder one of the better carvers instead, but my vote is for the M:EXs. OTOH, BushwackerinPA skis the Bird on a regular basis, so he knows what he is talking about. Bottom line is that they are having a good year and the forecast for the next week looks promising, so you should find good skiing on whatever skis you take.