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Ski weight and its relationship to stability in varying snow

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Hey guys heres my question.  How much does a ski's actual weight factor into its ability to plow through and not get pushed around by varying snow/crud/tracked out pow etc.  Basically I was on a pair of Scott P4's as my first fatty type ski they plowed through stuff like an SUV and all I had to do was point it in the right direction and hold on if I ever got in trouble.

 

I am looking at a few dif models right now and some are employing reduced weight so I was wondering if I would loose that god mode feel lol.

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Simple physics that it factors in. The really heavy skis, say Stockli and Head, tend to be very stabile, while some very light skis, say Fischer and Goode, have been known to get knocked around. OTOH, there are some very stabile skis - Kastle and Blizzard come to mind - that are also relatively light to middleweight. So it's other issues like tip design, where the mass and stiffness are, and so on. Some of this is also about style. If you habitually ski on edge, you can handle bad snow with a lighter touch. Slice and dice. If you like to run flat and straight, then you're depending more on the sheer weight of the ski (and you) to blast through. 

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thanks beyond, i was thinking something along those lines just wanted to make sure i was on the right path

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Isn't it really more of a case of correlation rather than causation?  With heavier skis, we're talking what, a pound at most per ski (and that's only if you look at some pretty lightweight skis like the manaslu or something similar).  Does an extra pound (or less) of weight really make that much difference?  Or is it actually the different construction that makes the difference, and *most* of the time those construction changes add a little bit of weight.  That would explain things like the kastle, where they made the construction changes in a way to add that stability, without adding the weight.

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