Well part of it is the rider but for example i have a skidoo tundra 250 which has a longer track and extremely light, and i could throw it around so easy its amazing, but no matter what in any powder you have to have full throttle or your going down, my 440 on the other hand does not handle powder very well, ohh and dont try to carve it doesnt work. Just pick your battles when it comes to going through deep snow!! (and take a tow rope with you just incase) have fun!
One of my friends has an old Elan that was his first sled and I still have my '70 Nordic and I will say that those two sleds are just awesome to ride in light powder. That Nordic just barrels through so that you cant even see the hood because of all the snow going over the sled. But the Elan is so light that it will jump right on top of the powder and you can almost cat-walk it for a while. But the best part is that when you get stuck you can lift them right out of the hole because they're so light I think the 1970's Olympiques only weighed like 300 lbs
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