I'm very new to the site so a million apologies if this topic is already covered elsewhere. I've looked and couldn't find anything. So some advice/information please. I spent 10 years living in Kitzbuhel Austria from the 87 to 97 when I moved to Australia. I used to ski powder as often as there was powder to ski. This is in the days of "long" skis so I would ski a slalom narrow waist ski (around 203 long, 76 underfoot I think). The skis would be under the snow and skiing would be by "feel", weighting and un-weighting. Powder ribbons were a must and bindings cranked to the max DIN settings (sucks digging for a ski in deep snow, rather take the chance of blowing out an ACL. Young and dumb back then!). After moving to Australia the shaped/carve ski revolution happened. I resisted for a couple of seasons but after doing a side country crud run first on my long skis (jump turns above the crud and massive thigh burn and lots of sweating and swearing) then swapping with a ski patrol friends short shaped skis (smashing through the piles of rubbish whilst yahooing and ginning like my head was going to split open) I was converted. My much loved Saloman Force 9's (the first ski marketed as "all mountain"?) went in the bin at the ski shop that evening. I missed a few seasons skiing (kids, mortgage etc). About 7 (maybe longer) years ago I was staying at Smiggins and we got some great midweek snow fall. I got about a day and a half of shin to knee deep snow. I skied on a pair of K2 Apache Recon's 167's. Skis still below the snow and had a ball (it took a couple of runs to find my balance on such short ski's but the technique kicked in and I had a blast). I then missed a few seasons and had to go cold turkey on skiing and all things snow related (it would make my chest hurt if I saw snow or skiing on TV knowing I couldn't be there). In the meantime there was another ski technology revolution: Wide skis. Which brings me to my point (thanks for hanging in there). I skied this last August for 4 days at Perisher and I am well and truly back on the drug (skiing). So I am planning to get down to Perisher at least twice this season and to get a couple of weeks (3 if I'm lucky) in Japan next February. I need to totally re-equip myself as all my gear is old/thrown away or no longer fit for purpose (except for my 30 year old North Face Gortex Mountain Jacket that still looks new. Quality product!). So what's the go? Do people ski below the powder anymore? I have watched lots of videos of people skiing wide skis in powder. Mostly floating above the snow in a surfing/snowboarding kind of style. It looks a blast and I'm hoping I will be able to experience it first hand in Japan. I appreciate that the ski technology has changed a lot and I don't want to sound like a dinosaur but for Australian conditions (often hard groomers and crud) surely a narrower ski would be more suitable? I am thinking of the new Enforcer 88 in 177 length (I'm 175 tall and 90kg. 54 y/o). I have never skied rockered/early rise skis so I have no point of reference but from what I've read they sound like a lot of fun. In my mind I feel as though I could ski any powder that my turn up in Aus (if were lucky) with an 88 underfoot and nice wide tip and tales and a bit of flex. However, I don't feel so confident that I could set an edge on a bullet proof Zali's or Olympic on anything much wider than an 88 (and thats about 20mm wider than anything that I have ever skied).I appreciate that I am not factoring in the rocker or early rise, etc, so this is where I need your help. Please can I get the low-down from any one? Especially keen to here from you if you have lived through the first and second ski revolutions (evolutions). Sorry this is so long winded but I thought some background was need for context. (I will be buying wider/wide skis for the Japan trip and will be back to pick pour brains about those a bit closer to the time of purchase). Thanks for your time and advice. Peace, Zen and Powder.