In my experience (and I've tried many many boards), the only thing that really makes a difference on hardpack is the length of the effective edge.
If you can find yourself a used BX (boardercross) board, get out on that and you'll be a changed man. Many of them are narrow, so if you prefer a womens board because they're narrow, a BX board may work.
I started a thread on boards with a long effective edge relative to their length.
Here's ones I've tried/owned:
- Kessler Ride 163
- Volkl Coal Race 158
- Virus Avalanche FLP AFT 160
Here's one's I haven't tried that also may fit the bill:
- Fullbag Diamond Blade (made in Quebec, owner is a forum member)
- Prior BX (made in Canada, near the base of Whistler)
- Donek Saber (Made in USA, in Colorado I think)
- Coiler BX (made in Canada, near Toronto)
Out of all those, the Virus may be the most "all-mountain", while the others I believe are aimed at more carving specific.
Here's my effective edge thread: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...ip-thread.html
If you want to carve hard on hardpack, you need the edge.