I've been riding (or trying to ride) this way for about 20 years... soft boots and forward stance. I did have an alpine setup many years ago (Nidecker Predator) but had to sell it 'cuz I couldn't afford hard boots. I rode it only a few times with borrowed ski boots with the buckles very loose- not a good setup). I try to ride the same setup on steeps and powder and it seems to work for me. I can't lay it down like some people, but I have fun with it.