truth about invention and skis, Jim.
people involved just in the activity of skiing are way arrogant to suppose they have an important idea for skis that hasn't been examined by the engineers at major companies.
people involved in the manufacturing of skis, and have started producing skis just in the last 10 years, are way arrogant to think they have an important idea that hasn't been examined by the big companies, or that they can even catch up on the basics of construction in that short a time.
nerve and courage is one thing, but to discount the knowledge of generations of ski makers is just blissful, self centered ignorance.
to look at a manufactured item of any kind and underestimate the importance of the steps it took to arrive at that point in design dooms one to repeat those steps and mistakes.
Ya'll can take heart. The ski designs for 2012-13 are 98% done and wrapped and the 13-14's are close behind. Stuff that ya'll are just now thinking of has been in the design mill for 2 - 2.5 years. The folks that make their living designing skis are waaaaayyyyytheheck ahead of ya'll and some of what has been proposed in this this thread is already in pre-production. The stuff mentioned here that is not in the future pipeline by a solid ski maker is probably not worth it.