Originally Posted by Cold Smoke
I find the more you ski and the more you're willing to explore, the more variable the ski conditions you will encounter. I was at Whistler last year and decided to hike into Flute Bowl one day after a storm. There was a thin rain crust on top of about 2 feet of fresh snow. Not fun. I did some zigzag traverses interspersed with some violent hop turns all the way down. And don't even get me started on the snow I find in the backcountry. So no, I don't think you can expect to ski any and all fresh snow conditions well instantly. It takes time.
A few years ago, We got 18 inches ending with freezing rain. The crust wasn't thick enough to hold my weight, so my shins wound up acting like ice breakers. One snowboarding Ski Patroller taped a piece of tower pad to the shin of his leading leg. I got a call that they needed help shoveling out the lift on the west side, so I grabbed a shovel and headed down Annapurna, the steepest narrowest trail. Aftrer the first couple of turns, I decided I needed more turning room, so I exited right and started going down Westway, also steep, but VERY wide. After a few turns down there, I decided steep wasn't my friend and exited right again, heading down Clair's way, not 1/3 as wide as Westway, but not as steep. My first turn into Clairs, my skis stopped and I launched. As I was still in the air, I threw the shovel so as not to land on it. Unfortunately I threw it where I was about to land and my forehead hit the blade of the shovel, leaving a very distinct shovel imprint on my forehead for the rest of the day (pre-helmet days). Once the crust got broken up, it turned out to be a great day, but....
Yes, not all powder is created equal.