Yeah, when you get Mark and Mike together with beers, it's Mutt and Jeff time. I can sit for hours barely saying anything, as the stories flow fast and furious, coming from totally different sides.
It shows in their riding too. Technical or pure brute.
As for gear, I've SEEN softboot/freestyler's carve 1" lines, but they and I set the bindings closer together and ride bunny slopes. Can't truly carve freestyle gear on steeps. Need the hardboot and raceboard with +140cm edges to really carve the moderate steepness terrain.
Yeah skiers. They all say they carve. Like 5% of the time, 5% of them.