Keep in mind though that powder is something you learn after you get good at groomers... for beginner/intermediates powder is also some of the most frustrating stuff to ride because you have to be comfortable letting go and have good balance. Fresh groomers after it snows however are a lot more awesome to fall on.
Fair point, let me clarify.
Freshly groomed powder as in groomers with packed down powder, AKA corduroy. No newb is going straight into off piste powder, but if there is snowfall the night before the groomers consist of soft compacted powder rather than hard unforgiving ice.
Thats how most of my buddies learned thanks to regular snowfall here in Japan. No bruises or bad injuries.