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I never said or meant to insinuate that skis haven't gotten better. I'm suggesting there may be some benefit to be had from the experience of using older skis that do less for the skier.

 

 

You know what you should do? You should ask one of today's top athletes how much better they would be if they were forced to ride 30 year old designs?

 

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Neither do I ski trees much, certainly not tight trees. Maybe rockered skis shine there. Where else?

 

And yes, I think fashion has something to do with ski shapes. If you don't, well...

So let me get this straight; you think ski shapes are largely determined by fashion, but also think rocker could help you in the trees?

 

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I don't consider myself much of a connoisseur either

You don't say...:words:

post #212 of 220
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Some tips from Billy Kidd




 



I got to meet Billy Kid, he is a cool guy.
post #213 of 220
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And now, because this can never be posted too many times...

 

 

Namaste.

Yes it can.

post #214 of 220
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I never said or meant to insinuate that skis haven't gotten better.

 

When you say that the changes in ski design are the result of fashion, that is exactly what you are insinuating.

post #215 of 220
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First, the ski industry is in many respects a fashion industry...

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And yes, I think fashion has something to do with ski shapes.

 

Bold/italics added for those connoiseurs struggling with reading comprehension.

 

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So let me get this straight; you think ski shapes are largely determined by fashion...

 

 See above.

 

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When you say that the changes in ski design are the result of fashion, that is exactly what you are insinuating.

 

See above.

 

 

Furthermore...

 

fash·ion
ˈfaSHən/
noun
noun: fashion; plural noun: fashions
1.
a popular trend, esp. in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.

 

 

Allow me to preemptively state that I am not now nor have I ever been a Communist, nor do I think business or sales are inherently bad things.

 

That said, business, (and that includes the ski business), generally tries to detect and/or create trends in order to maximize sales. The young Aspen ski stud made the cover of Powder because he's a trend-setter - he's embracing (albeit not exclusively - read the article) skinny skis. Will this translate to a shift in manufacturing? Only time will tell.

 

One thing we probably can surmise is that he's getting laid more because he made the cover of Powder, and he made the cover of Powder because he's a' rocking them skinnies...

 

http://www.powdermag.com/videos/behind-cover-chris-tatsuno

 

Bully for him!   Thumbs Up 

post #216 of 220
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Will this translate to a shift in manufacturing? Only time will tell.

 

No time necessary.  No it will not.

post #217 of 220

Skinny skis don't need to make a comeback. They are alive and well out here --among people who like to ski fast on firm goomers-- along with just about every other width and style of ski. And the vast majority of skiers I see seem to be on skis reasonably appropriate for their ability and the kind of skiing they do. People are not the advertising -ruled sheep JC-Ski makes them out to be. Now if heis talking about a revival of pre-parabolic skis--I think we can safely say that that is absurd.

 

Now when it comes to fashion--yes I see plenty of inappropriate fashions on the slopes--mostly hyper gaudy pants that make golf pants look conservative, worn by aging boomers trying to look young. 

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A ski is a tool and you use the right tool for the job you want to do. My Race Tigers are 68cm under foot, full cambered, and my Katanas are 112 cm under foot, rocker. If I had more fluffy snow instead of the NW mix we get I would even go wider on the powder skis. Not picking on anyone, ski graphics are very fashionable on some skis; my wife's S7s are so girly.
Edited by tomfifield - 3/20/14 at 11:36pm
post #220 of 220
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You can ski powder with the same technique you use on the groomers IF your technique on the groomers is solid.

 

Last month, I was doing an off-piste course in Austria, and my instructor was one of the British youth ski coaches. He skied every bit of terrain like it was a GS course, doing smooth turns with his feet apart.

 

Personally, I prefer to ski with my feet closer together like the guide we had, but I have seen a racing technique used successfully in everything from wind-buff to waist-deep powder.

 

 

Thank you!

 

I have a pair of Atomic Thugs, and a pair of Scott Stunts. One slips and slides (fun) the other rips and rides (also fun). The Stunts do best with 2 footed GS type skiing, which lets me have my fun in the fall-line. This has become my fav type of deep snow skiing!

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