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.
well thats what i'm kind of getting at, would a pow specific board be worth it over the raptor which is suppose to be gray of what it is in pow.
i don't mind shelling out the extra coin if it is going to make the days i am riding pow that much better.after demoing a board 4-5 times a season, thats my pow stick.. unfortunately i missed the NS demo day out here,and i'd kind of have to get lucky to catch a demo day out west unless i plan my trip around one.