Originally Posted by Ken2234
Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.
Yeah unfortunately this is one area where the board makes the most difference. Big long board with a rockered nose will float better, meaning the snow under you won't pack down as much (which is where all your energy is going).
Also setback is key. Last year I was out in about 3 ft of fresh on a Burton Custom 156 and was nose diving all over the place, really struggling with that much snow. Went back to the car and grabbed the 160 with a bunch of setback and a big wide nose, and it made all the difference in the world!
If you can borrow a longer board or pick one up cheap go for it! I've got a 166 I'm going to try this year.