Originally Posted by tsk94
I live in Calgary, mainly ski Fernie, sometimes Sunshine, Lake Louise.
So yeah the majority of my skiing is off-piste, but it's definitely not always in fresh snow, a lot of the time it's skied out hard packed and bumps everywhere, lots of crud. At the same time it's a lot of soft, fresh snow also.
My only concern with going wider if it will lose some maneuverability in bumps and tighter trees, and wouldn't work as well when it gets packed.
I think you should go wider. An increased rocker profile also helps with turns in tight trees, and quick pivots in moguls. Traditionalists will tell you that the slarve/pivot turn that a rockered ski has available is not good technique, but it works VERY well.
"Packed" from a west coast perspective is a lot different than skiing "snow" so hard you don't leave marks. I really, really doubt you would see any problems with getting edge grip on a wider ski.
To put things in perspective, I ski Colorado at one of the areas that doesn't get a huge amount of snow, although low traffic, so it will usually snow during the week and still be there in the trees and the less-travelled areas on weekends. Groomed snow conditions are tyically pretty soft when it hasn't been snowing- it generally grooms into a 2" layer of loose snow.
I ski 95 waist Kung Fujas. On days where I expect to be skiing mostly ungroomed (instead of skiing groomed and venturing off for stuff I see in the trees, I take my 105 waist Obsethed.
I took the Kendo's out on a demo day, and they really really surprised me with how precise they were in hard snow (grromed). Zero speed limit, amazing edge precision and hold, they made you want to open it up from the first turn on them. However, going off piste (2 day old 6" snow soft but cut up, with a fairly hard base underneath with veriable terrain below) they got pushed around more than I like from a ski that I would normally use on that terrain.
My conclusion was that while I really liked them, I would only be using them on "no snow for a week and tons of sun" ski days when I mainly stuck to the groom. Considering that anybody with any decent skiing technique can run pretty much any ski down groomers and still have a good time, it didn't make sense for me to buy (unless I score them used for very cheap).
They are great skis, but I really see them more for an east-coaster who will be running hard snow most of the time, yet still wants something that will serve adequately when a storm rolls through.