Use poles with snowblades or not? . Using poles does make it more difficult to do those lay-it-over carves. However, they do come in handy getting on the lift or in the flats. No poles mean you do need to skate on the flats, not so difficult on snowblades.
With long skis, it is more traditional to use poles. That is how most people are taught. Poles with long skis are used besides getting around on the flats, etc. to pick you turns and put you in a forward lean position. This is not necessary with snowblades of course. In fact, using poles often can cause you to get off balance. We often recommend not using poles so as to get used to being centered, carving from the lower body rather than upper and to experience the total freedom that riding without poles can offer.
The other option is to get telescopic poles that we carry in our store. Use them when you need them, put them in your backpack when you don’t. You get to jam down the slopes and when you get to the lift or flats, pull them out. This fits all needs.