Those are two really weird boards to be deciding between. The Hovercraft is a pure pow stick while the Raptor is a freeride beast, but not really pow specific.
If you live on the ice coast, I wouldn't buy a pow stick. If it's dumping when you come out west, demo one for a day or two.
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