I love my edges!-- But this doesn't mean I lock up my edges at a high angle all the time. How much, and when, is a finesse issue, depending on conditions, speed, radius, pitch, etc. But yeah, they're there for the using.
Lisamarie, as for me, I spend VERY little time on the flat place in between edges. This doesn't mean I always go quickly from one high edge angle to another although there are times when this is great. It means I go through the flat phase lightening fast--to the point where it really doesn't feel like a phase for me.
Ott, in powder I also use edges, although I know why you feel like it's not necessary--1. because the edges are already immersed in the snow and the powder provides a perfect platform across the bottom of the whole ski.
2. The new powder and all mountain skis allow lots of steering.
Therefore, the achievement of adequate edging is so effortless, it feels like it's not there. However, I still prefer to tip more than steer. It's just my personal preference.
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