All of last week we skied at resorts in the SLC area. I ski on a pair of 178 Myths ... 88mm waist and freshly waxed.
On Monday we hit Powder Mtn, wherein it dumped all day ... ~ 14" worth. By the end of the day the snow on the "groomers" was to the cuff, and thru the trees the powder was easily up to and above the knees.
These were the best powder conditions I've ever skied in! I was a bit in the back seat all day and mostly cruising thru the trees with the 5 other 20-25 year old "kids" in the group. The snow "texture" was such that you could feel yourself floating and offered some resistance; i.e. I could feel the resistance via my quads and some thigh burn on the longer runs. For me the best day!!
Tuesday, we're at Brighton ... recv'd 26" between Monday and Tuesday morning. The powder texture was very different; somewhat akin to sand. Lot's of resistance to the ski ... you could really feel the ski "grab" when floating off trail into the powder and really, really had to be waaay in the back seat or else risk serious face plants.
Is it common for powder texture to be very diverse between closely located resorts? It might be that with the fresh snow covering everything at PowMow there were no "groomers" to transition from to the powder; i.e. no contrasting surfaces as with Brighton.
Too, how do experienced skiers transition from the groomed to ungroomed throughout the day? There are clearly different techniques involved with skiing the different surfaces, so how do you easily turn the techniques off and on? Is this something easily done, or simply a matter of experience and getting the number of days on the hill to develop?