Originally Posted by Walt
...but if you have a solid technique on the groomed the same basic movements work well in powder. As long as you have the confidence to make them, that is.
People often say this in these threads. But in reality - for most powder novices this is pure and simple BS and leads to many, many people falling over and over again, complaining of aching thighs (because the retreat to tailgunning), and even flat out crying while they walk down the hill after throwing in the towel. I'm not even going to bother reposting my full usual rant about the need to decamber skis in powder in a manner fundamentally different than how you do so on groomers...
The better way to put the above might have been to say that "if you know how to stack yourself over your skis and achieve solid balance, you can relatively quickly ascertain the techniques that will get you there on those skis in powder".
In reality that's a fairly high bar. Since I'm more mediocre than that, I just compensate by buying a minimal level of "competence" in the form of skis designed for powder. And in that regard, and to the OP, I'd have to say that on skis designed for powder that someone who is anywhere resembling an intermediate but new to the medium should be having pretty darn good fun on the first day. Likely well before lunch. They may or may not get cheers from the technique police, but they'll be out there riding and having fun - and improving incrementally as time goes on. What more could you ask?