Formulas on a Raptor??(this may be causing you some turn initiation issues)
Seems like a pretty bad match imo, like if you want a Raptor you may as well get a hard boot setup so you can use crampons..... just saying Formulas have always been a good all around mid-$$, but....seems like previous poster suggesting uber stiff bindings on that thing is onto something....
IMO you would be well served getting a super cheapo craigslist basic generic board, throwing the forumals on it and then learning to ride.
Why man, in god's name did you get a Raptor(just reading someone elses post)!? Holy crap!
By all means keep it, I just think 10 days-2 weeks of riding something more forgiving will allow you to progress from where you are to riding like a normal person who has it clicked, and then moving to the Raptor will be a piece of cake. Put that thing in the garage for your Alaska and Jhole trips.
Point of reference? Over 100 days on my Proto(deep pow, steeps)(riding since '94) and all I want is a replacement and a split one. (ok ok I admit something damper and a little stiffer would be better for the split)(just admitting I haven't ridden all the boards, NS doesn't ship me decks
, but I ride a ton and can't imagine learning on what I know of the Raptor).
edit: oh and I'm not saying the Proto is a good beginner board because I do not believe it is, the way the camber zones engage on it combined with it's fairly decent amount of pop and the swivel between your feet are all pretty aggressive and unforgiving.