Originally Posted by agent.5
you analogy is a false one. OP already has an oversized carbon racquet. Skiing powder is not all about your racquet is bigger than his, so you are "better". Up to a point, bigger is not necessarily better. My point is that I am almost twice the weight of OP and I can float on a pair of skinny 66mm. So OP has enough float. It is not equipment, it is techniques.
And the argument that if OP wants to "look" like some video, then you need to "buy" the same equipment is exactly the false truth that advertising executives want to indoctrinate consumers to believe. Don't worry though -- I will never hit golf balls like Tiger Woods even if I am using his equipments.
Read the posts on the first page more carefully. The OP wants to do the same type of skiing as in the video (drops, runouts, etc., though not as big), not just look like the people in the video. The people in the video choose big skis because that's the best tool for that particular type of skiing. Given that the OP almost certainly is not as good as them, it would make sense that even more help/margin for error is necessary. Yet, you are saying that skis that are more difficult and leave less margin for error are sufficient or ideal.
Given that the women in the video, who are presumably similar in size to the OP, are using much, much larger skis (notice the skis are all taller than the skiers, and all appear wider than 90 mm), it seems odd the OP would be told to use smaller skis in similar conditions.
I tried to keep the tennis analogy as general as possible so that more people would understand. But, if you want to get pedantic, here it goes: the OP has chosen the right head size (width of ski), but the weight (length of ski) is too low. The lack of mass relative to the conditions faced causes instability and a small sweet spot (float), making it difficult for the OP to consistently hit the desired shots. Given the conditions faced, a heavier frame with the same head size would be better for this particular person, because it would offer more stability and consistent power, rather than getting pushed around or constantly hitting short.
As for whether or not you actually float on 66 mm skis (presuming they are not a good 20 cm or more taller than you), I'm guessing you don't really know what it feels like to float. Try riding deep powder on a pair of 110mm skis that are 5 cm or so taller than you. Then put your skinny sticks back on and tell us whether or not you're actually floating. I'm not saying you can't ski them; I'm just saying either you're not floating or you're not in deep snow.
Edited by CerebralVortex - 3/1/11 at 3:34pm