Did not ride last season outside of a few days at Big Sky (have 2.5 year old twins that take up a lot of time).
What advantages will a directional twin give me over a true twin?
Guys in the shop were steering me towards the Riders Choice/TRS...discovered the Mountain Twin and Cobra/Heritage through these forums. Hadn't really considered K2 or the Rossi One Magtech either until reading some reviews.
True twin rides switch easier since it is completely directional. Directional twins can be different across different board lines. Some just have set-back stances but twin sidecuts. Some have slightly directional sidecuts, but nothing SUPER directional like a racing alpine board or a powder only board.
Only reason to get a twin is if you like riding switch/landing switch when spinning.
Directional or directional twin will give you a bit more float in pow and are made for shredding one direction..
I think the TRS is true twin... you should look at the Mark Landvik or Jamie Lynn Phoenix Lib tech boards.
And I ride Stevens Pass 98% of the time (1% Baker and 1% Crystal) in the area. Annual trips to a resort somewhere (Tahoe, Big Sky, Colorado, Utah, etc)
I rode stevens tons for years, and worked there too before i moved to montana. Stevens is full of short steep pitches with flat meadows between them. Mix this with lots of heavier powder means it demands a lot from a board. Here is my opinion about a good board for stevens. You need length for float to carry you over the flat areas, and a long rockered nose to keep you on top of the snow. If you sink in the heavier snow you quickly come to a stop. And you need a stiffer board to bust through the crud when the powder becomes chopped up while exerting a lot less energy.
A stiff directional freeride board will take you places at stevens that just arent fun to ride on other boards. It also make carving the groomers when it is empty at night lots of fun.
only reason to get a softer twin is if you want a board to just cruse around with the family, or if you looking to get more into freestyle and park.
too bad the only time i get to ride stevens anymore is over Christmas and the place is a shitshow. I do miss the night pow