Quote:Getting around on 'powder skis' can be (is) really fun. Are they as versatile as some people say? Absolutely not. Are they as cumbersome and awkward out of their element as some say? Once again, absolutely not.
I'm not saying you should go buy a fat, rockered, big dump ski and use it 1/2 the time you ski... I'm saying you have a ski with an 11.8m turn radius, that's a lot of sidecut. You may prefer something with less sidecut and a bit more length and width for off-trail adventures.
Twintips due a few important things for you in ungroomed snow, most notably are the increased ability to 'brush' turns and the ability to back up if the line behind you looks better than the line in front of you... buy really, most flat tailed wide skis fall into one of two camps:
1. Big Mountain Comp. ski- stupid stiff pro level ski for mach-loony skiing in variable snow (even most pro's don't like these skis anymore)
2. 'One Ski Quiver' - skis that try to combine race-like hard snow carving with soft snow width... ughhh. What you get is wide ski 'clunkiness' with carving ski 'lack of forgiveness'... just what I want in technical terrain.
So yeah, I don't think having a twintip is all that important, it's just that finding a non-twintip ski that makes a good choice off-piste is a bit difficult, particularly when we are talking about an improving skier. An important note, I mean twintip as in slight upturn and a round shape to the tail... not equal sized tip and tail... a Volkl Aura/ Mantra or Scott Rosa/ Mission fit what I'm saying as much as a 'true' twintip. Hope that helps.