You'd quit your job for just one trip
to the White Room, where the snow is so light and deep that up
could be down, right could be left, and the only way to sort it out
is to keep charging into the void.
When is it good to be soft and fat? When
you're a pure powder ski or board. Wide, soft designs provide
easy-turning flotation for deep snow.
Ski: Atomic Big Daddy
$875; (800) 258-5020 or www.atomicsnow.com.
With a shovel width of 133mm, Atomic's Big Daddy is so fat it could
probably qualify for a scholarship to Weight Watchers. Even the
waist is a beefy 107mm; that's wider than most skis' shovels. These
portly dimensions create planks that float like butterflies and
sting like, well, actually, the Big Daddy isn't about sting. It's
about deep snow, steep slopes, and maybe, just maybe, quitting your
Snowboard: Burton Fish
$470; (800) 881-3138 or www.burton.com.
Designed by Terje Haakonsen, a young Norwegian who's constantly
pushing the boundaries of possible, Burton's Fish snorkels through
deep snow with the greatest of ease. The tapered design generates
maximum float and control, and two distinct flex patterns ensure a
precise weight-to-flex ratio.
The Mountain: Grand Targhee, Wyoming