@SegB: yeah, Whistler, I believe, gets something similar to us, but with a bit more moisture content. I've heard the PacNorWest (Oregon/Washington) term "Chunder" tossed about and I have a feeling it's a bit like our "Sierra Cement" only gloppier. also, our temps out here in Tahoe tend to be a mite bit warmer than all y'alls. as a result our snow tends to set up rather quickly (i.e. going from fluffy to gloppy at the drop of a hat). if you go observe, say, the lift line at KT @ Squaw, you won't see many folks on skis narrower than 98mm, and that's their everyday ski (in truth they'll all most likely be on something in the 100-115 range). again, it's a conditional thang as many out here prefer a wider ski for the gloppy/cruddy/manky conditions. while i maintain that skiing this kind of snow is all about technique, having wider skis does make it a bit easier.
Another thing I was thinking about in terms of quivers is that it really a thing/concept that pros and hardcore skiers (and gear geeks) are into. the average weekend warrior could probably care less about having a fleet of skis at his/her disposal. to wit, I remember when I was a "casual" skier getting between 5 and 10 days a season (mostly when i was a kid and beheld to when moms and pops would go, which was usually either Thanksgiving or Christmas). i had 1 pair of skis and 1 pair of boots back then and i made do. i didn't know any different, didn't hang out at ski shops, didn't travel other than from the Bay Area to Tahoe with the folks. i was not in the "scene", so to speak. i believe that most skiers fall into this category, heck as an instructor you teach kids and adults alike that either are on rental gear or some basic stuff they bought at the local sporting goods. i come into contact with folks every day of the season who are amazed that i actually own multiple pairs of skis, even though it's my job. it really wasn't until i fell back into skiing in the late '90s and began skiing 40+ days a season, traveling to Utah/Colo/Wyoming/Oregon/Canada that i even became aware of what a quiver was and how having an arsenal of different skis can, in some cases, improve your skills, but more importantly can up the fun factor.
now that i'm a professional instructor (though some might apply that term to me very loosely), and ski 150+ days a season/12 months a year, i'm a bit more tuned into my gear, how it performs, and savvy to the fact that a quiver, no matter how small, can increase the fun factor of my skiing immensely.
that said, again, i tend to, as previously stated, gravitate toward the same 2 skis: Titan 9 as a teach/daily driver and Spatula as a powder/slush tool. I no longer take a truckload of skis to the hill, either. I just pick the one that seems right for the day in question and make do. honestly, the more skis you take to the hill, the more you are prone to spend time swapping out. and unless you're at a hill like Sugarbowl or Alpine Meadows hella early, you're not getting a parking spot that would warrant swapping skis. honestly while doing your own little demo day is fun, more often than not i just want to ski and taking time out to switch skis can burn up several runs easily.
I personally feel that 2 skis is enough.
However...having gone on record saying that, I will most likely be working with a 4-5 ski quiver this coming season: 174cm/80ish waist/16-18m radius teach ski; 180cm/88mm waist daily driver; 180-182cm/95-105mm waist/rocker/20m max radius A/T ski; reverse cambered pow ski (keeping the Spatula in the mix cuz it's a classic). The "5th" ski might be another fat, 125mm ish, rockered or reverse camber joint that I'd set-up A/T so as to have a 2-ski A/T quiver. While probably excessive to some, I feel that's a legit quiver given my occupation as an instructor and my penchant for making turns all year, skiing almost as much in the Spring/Summer as i do in the winter.
all in all, one's quiver should not only be practical and contain skis that you actually use (an, it should go without saying, know how to use), but i believe one's quiver should also provide added levels of fun, because regardless of your participation in the sport of skiing (instructor, patrol, casual rider, diehard bum...), it's ultimately about having fun.
Edited by dookey67 - 5/27/11 at 5:30pm