half way into our ski tour out our backyard, which was an indeterminable distance, it was well: a bit soggy.
If there's one thing I've learned and profited from a little, it's this: It pays to carry F4 in your XC or BC pack when on any ski-tour-slash-BC-ski-adventure. F4 comes in many different applications but any and all will do. They make wet, soft snow stop from sticking on the bottom of your ski and give you back that glide.
Now back in the day I used to have my F4 handy quicker than folks could ask for it and proudly have skis back up and running quicker than you could say mashed potatoes. But of late I like to make my friends squirm a little. I do in fact work in a ski shop and on occasion could be made to look bad by being ill prepared in a BC ski situation. But after three years, I know better and I like the fact that I can make the likes of cinder blocks turn into grease lighting in a matter of 30 seconds or less, and that just feels pretty darn good.
So next time that ski shop employee suggests a little F4 when buying that brand new BC ski setup, think of it as a worthy and life changing experience. Try not to think that poor guy is just trying to get another $15.00 out of you. You might, on the other hand, just be that guy on a long BC ski tour that manages to make those cinder blocks turn into skis again, and have his beer tab all settled up even before you get to the bar.
Now go and get it and I mean powder snow; not rain.
But hey what ever floats your boat.