I joined this site a while ago, but got away from skiing for a few years, so was an infrequent visitor. Back skiing regularly again, and have been intrigued by all the latest developments in ski technology.
A bit of context. I've been skiing since I could walk, so around 28 years. I did 30 days+ a year at Whistler as a kid, and less as I got older, went away to university, got a job, and moved to the flatter confines of Ontario. Got my CSIA Level I when I was in high school so I could teach during breaks (but never actually did).
Growing up, I had the chance to demo a lot of skis from the major brands. I always kept my gear up to date until around 2000 when I started skiing less. So I'm not averse to change and I fully appreciate the benefits of new technology.
But back in the days of straight skis, good skiers (or at least the ones I skied with) would buy a slalom race ski (e.g., Rossingol 7S) and use that to ski everything. I remember taking my Rossi 7S into the deepest powder and the steepest steeps with no issues.
I now have 2 pairs of skis - Volkl Mantras and some older Salomon Equipe 10 2V. I like them both. Due to poor planning I've used the Salomons in waist high powder to no real ill effect and they're way better on groomers than the Mantras. Which led me to start wondering why I bother with the Mantras? And why would I ever consider buying a super fat powder ski that is only good for powder and terrible on groomers?
The mountains and snow haven't changed since I was a kid using a single pair of skinny skis for everything. So what has? Technique? Our expectations of our equipment? People's mentality and approach to skiing?
Interested in people's thoughts. And apologies if this has been discussed before.