Originally Posted by Ghost
Why is it that when I get forward and feel my boots pressuring the tips my railroad-track-like tracks on hero snow are thicker and not as clean as the pencil thin Lines I leave when I'm slightly in the back seat. Am I over-bending the ski tips?
I wouldn't call it "over-bending" if the track looks like slider's photo because there it looks like the ski isn't bending... rather the ski is displacing snow instead of bending. The snow is soft enough to push aside before the tip begins bending significantly. (It's a little like the shearing of layers that happens in avalanche situations.)
It looks like too much pressure and edge angle for the line chosen. Someone whose skiing regularly causes such snow-shearing might find something interesting in a ski that is softer longitudinally while keeping some good torsional stiffness. Or might just prefer to lighten up on the pressure, and change the timing of the pressure and the edge angle.
Anyway, I'm not sure everyone thinks of the very same thing when reading the phrases "get forward" or "back seat." They're relative terms. For a tailgunner, "getting forward" may mean simply approaching a centered stance! And for someone who is maybe too aggressively on the shovels, "back seat" may simply mean going to center!