I've actually been skiing for 12 years, only been boarding for like one season! Yeah, If I'd lived in the US I'd go demo boards right away, but there's not even a slight chance that I'd be able to demo a board in Sweden or Norway, at least not where I'm riding!
idk but you have some reference with stiff/soft, rockered/cambered, fat/skinny and shaped skies. Its a combination of matching snow and terrain conditions...I enjoy riding a wider board on deep days and a narrower one on groomer days and imho the c2btx is about the best design tech that will do quite well as a compromise for adequately handling ice, groomer, crud and pow and beable to blast groomers, make tight turns. The gnu/lib stuff was made for the pnw and it works great for our snow/conditions. I would go for a narrower c2btx should be ideal....in that perhaps a gnu billygoat 156 (read snowolf's review thread)....I did a 159 split for additional length for bc. And with 12 years of skiing...I would say go for an advanced/expert level on the stiffer side in that you will likely progress fairly rapidly.
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Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 10-12-2012 at 03:12 PM.