Late this last season I had the good fortune to be at one of the Northern MI. resorts for an amazing 2 ft plus POW dump. Naturally, the dipstcks groomed most of it for the "Two Plank Skanks!" Grrrrrrrr!!!
I had all three of my boards with me, but with the fresh powder I naturally grabbed my 163W Arbor Roundhouse for the first runs. But I noticed that in the areas where they hadn't groomed the fresh, most of which were fairly flat btw, the Arbor kept "submarining" and bogging down in it.
I was certain it was me and my inexperience in riding those conditions until I strapped into my 157 NS Proto. Even tho it was much shorter and I exceeded the weight range for that size deck, it handled the untouched fresh much better than my Roundhouse. I stayed up on top, never sunk the nose of the board. It rode it well enough that I even had the false confidence to venture into the trees once or twice. (...with mixed results!)
With the length, width, and reg. camber of my Arbor, am I really going to need steeper terrain? Does this board's specs require that I be able to keep it at higher speeds in order to properly experience it's ride in POW!
With all that's been posted lately about longer vs shorter decks for pow, my experience with the shorter NS & Rome boards seems counter to what I expected! On "Real" terrain, real mountains and thigh deep (...or deeper) poo, will I find the experience to be reversed?
Tia for the input!