cascade concrete is actually the "frozen" heavy wet snow...so it can be really hard and like riding concrete..therefore the mtx...if it is just heavy wet it is like riding mashed potatos or "chow" for chowder which can throw you around...thus "chop and slop" riding because you can't blast through it like dry snow...the pnw generally has heavy wet snow that packs easily and becomes chopped up...so imho a board that is a bit stiffer can blast through the chop and a more flexy one will cave and tend to throw you around abit more. as for taperd boards...pow specific... the tails and nose are a bit softer so that the nose floats and the tail is narrower than the nose...so the tail sinks so as not to exhause your back leg so much and the nose gets on top of the snow...however the shorter tail (tapered boards are directional) also tends not to grab as much thus has a tendency to washout if carving on groomed and harder packed snow.
also local pnw's tend to ride a bit longer boards because of the terrain and when 18+inch dumps occure you just need a longer board.
Option's sansalone and signature are more fr and mankenin is more fs all mtn boards made for the pnw but options tend to be stiffer. another is lib's bananna with mtx tech looks fun, interesting and might cover alot of ground.
anyway sorry for the verbage and have fun up there.
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Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 10-26-2007 at 02:51 AM.