"120mm - 150mm isn't exactly skiiny"
No, it's not. Those are primitive skis made in essentially the wilderness.
Recreational production skis were never that wide till very recently. As far as I know.
"I meant 3d as in not groomed flat. I was very unclear."
The point is that "not groomed flat" or "ungroomed" does not mean it's soft snow. Most trails used to be "ungroomed" but were not flat nor soft necessarily.
If people ski on the same trails it then becomes bumpy and not flat, but also can be hard as a rock. This is still "ungroomed" but not exactly the conditions ideal for a 120mm ski.
Here's the Mongolian skis.
This from Ski Journal Vol. Two, Number Four
Making the skis. I think the width is based on flotation and also a size that's comfortable to work on.
Photos: Dave Waag. Ski Journal Vol. Two, Number Four
Finished Product. Reverse sidecut, early rise?, massive tip curve, very little camber, integrated horse skins.
Photos Dave Waag. Ski Journal Vol. Two, Number Four
Here's what it says about the skis in the text:
"Their ski design- wide underfoot, narrower at the top and tail, and really carved up- was just ideal for the snow there," Naheed says. "The width allows the ski to stay on top of that wet, faceted snow and float. You could see they'd thought about their designs. They could point out what was wrong with our skis, that they were too light, too narrow for the conditions."
Lisa Richardson, Ski Journal Vol 2, 4; pg 043
These stills are from the Altai Project which produced a film, "Skiing in the Shadow of Genghis Khan"
by Nils Larsen, Dave Waag, and Naheed Henderson
Here's the dvd :
btw, I just discovered that there was a film after scanning the photos and looking it up. I haven't seen it yet.
Edited by Tog - 3/26/11 at 10:21am