Hey Rio, thanks for getting back to me. I'm bringing two pair of twin tips with me and leaving my Volkls back East. One pair is 81 width (Solomon Mynx) and the other 92 (Solomon Scarlet). I used the wider ones in Stowe for ESA and they worked out great for me. They're shorter than usual for a pow ski, but I wanted something maneuverable and once I get the hang of things, I'll keep these for one of my daughters and get some longer ones. I ski the Mynx most days as my all mountain ski as I'm working on some freestyle stuff, and it should be great in the soft snow piles that I've experienced at Big Sky before. The Mynx is 4 cm longer than my Scarlet, so depending on conditions, I may ski the Mynx more often.
This will be my 3rd time to Big Sky. First year was '05 when I was a brand new skier. Let's just say the mountain whooped me. Next time was '07 and I had equipment problems (skis were too long and too stiff). This time, I'm ready! I love the mountain and have explored probably 15% of it as it's so vast! Makes Southern VT and my local hill in Western Mass. pale in comparison.
I found Ursula through this site and asked around about her before I booked. She sounds like a great coach and a phenomenal skier. It will be my first time with a coach out there for 1/2 day and between you and she, I'm sure I'll get to see a lot more of the mountain. And I don't mind being outdone by a female, or a male for that matter. I'm female. LOL
Hopefully you and your GF will be up on Saturday as I have the feeling that Ursula is going to tire me out on Sunday! On Saturday, my husband won't have started his Wilderness Medicine seminar yet, so he'll probably join us. He's an intermediate snowboarder who started riding in 04/05 when I started skiing.... Anyway, if travel plans go right, we'll be at Big Sky by early afternoon on Friday, and I'll check the forum. We're staying at the Summit.