HA! It happens to the best of us. ;-)
I'm not familiar with the type of snow you get in the Rockies, but I'm somewhat familiar with the snow we get here in northern New England. Here's a picture from early February 2011, which shows and area that I was stomping down with my snowshoes and then some (4) post holes when I took my snowshoes off.
Vermont, February 2011
Here's another picture, which shows the snow, in an area that has been repeatedly walked over, and a pair of Ascent 25s.
Like I said in my last post, I'm usually between 170 and 175, plus gear. I'm not arguing against using 30s if that's what a person prefers, but again, in the areas where I've traveled, the standard seems to be 25s. In the lower areas, for walking across farmers fields and such, people may be more likely to use a longer snowshoe or skis.