The skis. K2 Xplorer, 170 (128-84-112) 17m radius
Weather. 9" new reported, (closer to 12") with areas to 18" where it blew in, and in the normal snow collection spots. Temp range was 12-20 degrees with an average wind of 15mph with gusts.
I put these skis on everything I could find.
They REALLY liked the windpacked snow. Not the hard slab stuff, but just soft snow that had been blown into blankets on the trails. On average the firmer snow depths were from 0-9" deep and the ski seldom rode on the base below the new stuff.
They did well in broken powder also to any dept I could find which I suspect maxed out at about 14".
They were pretty stable at speed and not much change at transitions from powder to groomed and vise versa.
I tried them in powdery bumps early in the AM. Not much fun there. I seemed to be playing catch up. Followed that up with hitting some nicely groomed snow which they did well on. They were reasonably quick edge to edge, vs the 68 - 73 mm skis I normally cruise around on. These skis were smooth to ski on (expcept for the bump run) and damp (like most K2's)
I managed to find some frozen hardpack (what in CO would be considered ice). They did well in medium and long turns on that but hated anything short. I could not develop any rebound with these skis. In general they lack energy.
Then I headed to the deep stuff. Float? NOPE! What a surprise! I skied my normal stance and could get through the deep stuff but had a hard time getting the tips to rise. I was not expecting this. After an hour or two of "skiing w/o seeing" the tips and bogging down to a stop, I stuck myself in the backseat to get the tips to rise and the ski really began to perform.
The sweet spot on these skis is WELL BACK. I normally ski with a upright to slightly back stance, so for me to go further back is not something I aim at. The skis did VERY well once I found their spot. I later returned to the bump run I tried mid-morning, (minimal change in conditions) got in the back seat and the ski rode smoothly and controlled. Well I did get a chuckle out of that.
I'm looking for a ski that handles powder and also works in bumps covered with powder as there is a lot of that here in Colorado. This ski isn't it.
I have 6 more on my list to demo and I'll try to get a gear report on all that I can till I settle on one. Hope this helps for those of you looking for a honest detailed report.