This is my first post and I'll apologize in advance if my curiosity seems trollish.
Old as dirt '62, native coastal Californian and an occasional skier since attending the Olympics at Squaw and watching Killy and Kidd on the tube. I've always admired the family orientated ski culture but the oceans lure was just a block away.
Not long after the advent of polyurethane foam the 70's experimentation of surfboard shapes quickly evolved into the right tool for the condition. In the past twenty years surfboard innovation has been more tweaking on a personal level rather than any bold innovation.
Of course its much easier to shape a board than it is to produce a ski. Still, it seems the much larger ski industry has only recently reached the right tool for the condition level of innovation. The user reviews for my Salomon Scream Extra Hots contain the same buzz words and phrases as they do for todays 20mm wider designs. Has the industry simply been gradually ramping up the gear to prolonged their profits or is there some other reason for the gear reaching its present level of performance so slowly?
Its been six years since I've used my intermediate abilities on the mountain. My new equipment ( Dynafit, Knee, Ski Logik, Leki) has been a stunning revelation. I'm told this years snowfall has been epic but I've never skied so much nor have I ever had this much fun doing it.
Absolutly stoked, Squaw tomorrow.