Long story short, I'm headed to Colorado this weekend to visit Aspen Highlands, Vail, A Basin, etc.
I went back to my pow board/soft boots today for the first time in quite a while and I was shocked at the difference. (Prior Khyber 160, Burton Custom bindings.)
It took a few runs for the softie carving muscle memory to set back in, but even after trying various angles (up to 30/25) and railing 8m SCR turns at (relatively) low speeds, all I kept thinking about was the difference in power, control—and ultimately, my confidence.
Around here, I ride a 165 Coiler VSR AM-T with UPZ boots and F2 Intec bindings.
I seem to be able to throw it at everything—bumps, Vermont glades, groomers—but I have yet to ride it on a "real" mountain, i.e., the big stuff out west. I've done high alpine bowls, deep pow, pillow lines, cat... but it was all years ago on softies, and with much less bravado and skill than I think I have today.
I know, shouldn't reach for the snow...
Anyway, because of the airline weight limit on checked bags, I don't think I can take both a soft and hard setup out west with me.
I'm don't mind the slop of softies floating around on bottomless pow. But what is the likelihood of encountering this stuff next week in CO? Would a Coiler AM and Prior Khyber on plates be a good two-board quiver for a trip like this, assuming I want to spend most of mine time riding steeps, bowls, and trees?
I've never tried the Khyber on plates, and I don't think I'll have an opportunity to do so before I leave.
Or should I just suck it up, crank the angles on the soft setup, and hedge my bets with only the Khyber?
Any advice is appreciated!