Don't get it wrong I love skiing, but it's so boring in New York. I figure tele is like skiing but harder, or at least I can blast my quads while doing it haha. Skiing has lost it's appeal on the east coast it's just to easy. If I was out west I'd definitely stick to skiing and get into AT instead.
Also agree tele doesn't look as smooth in powder, but I think it looks better/more fun on hard packed. May feel better to drop a knee in powder as well, you can turn 2ft of powder into what would fell like 3ft