Originally Posted by cfr
The very basics of skiing is to know how to use ski's geometry and edges to make it to turn. Everything else is secondary. Without that, regardless of how big someone's balls are and how athletic and ambitious they are, they are nothing but snow sliders or hacks.
Fat skis opened a lot of terrain for all categories of skiers, rocker made it easier to ski that terrain. What these skis didn't do is to make anybody a better skier.
I fully agree with this but IMO I don't think a lot of people actually skiing now or thinking of trying would have a clue what you mean. So much to do these days as opposition to skiing, just sliding around a couple of days a season is enough without the emphasis on being the best you can or turn shape perfection. Just sit and watch the falling leaf approaches and laziness of so many now who will never try and be perfect. It's good that everyone is having a go, but these days like a lot of things participation is enough and for the type of person who just wants to say they ski, I agree also that probably wider skis suit this type of skier. <80 might be great for carving but that takes effort and learned skills. The "I just want to ski today, party tonight" crowd which are a hell of a lot of skiers these days, will like 80+ a lot more as it gives security, can do more with less i.e get away without being ski fit, and better 'get down the run' without crashing ability. That's what they will notice and think is fantastic, not dynamic edge control and fast transitions.
You all on here, are more traditional passionate skiers who know exactly what you like and based on that, huge guess are not mid 20s, which now as group have the power and $$ to drive trends and the skier day numbers too. Think of how the majority ski on most resorts and if very specific specialised equipment is really going to make a huge difference. Big call again but over here in NZ I'd say only 15-20% of people can actually ski 'well' and that's probably generous, snow boarding is even worse, carve, what's that? The rest are <3 days a season giving it a go types so....
So 'is everyone going too fat?' probably not, everyone is just going the easy average which means the middle of the distribution curve is exactly right, which is mid fats in the majority of the world's ski resorts that get decent snow.
Edited by snala - 11/3/12 at 4:48pm