So, this is mostly directed at "all-mountain skis", you know, the ones 75-95mm or so. Not "big-mountain" or "freeride-lite" but true 50/50 skis, frontside and back. Aside from a few overzealous internet forum posters, most of us realize that 75mm skis don't float as well as 115's, and big-mountain skis don't carve like race skis. Hence, the all-mountain ski, which gets a lot of derision from some quarters as skis meant to be mediocre in a wide range of conditions.
With the current batch of "all-mountain" skis coming up though, I have found this to be pretty far from the truth. In fact, these supposedly "mediocre" skis are pretty damn good in crud, on groomers, hard snow, and bumps. No longer are all sub 85mm skis considered "carvers", nor are all 90mm+ skis for off-piste only. I can remember only a few years ago, struggling with "wide carvers" like the Volkl AC40, Grizzly and Fischer Big Heat that weren't exactly adept at a wide range of conditions.
This ski category is of particular interest to me. As an ex-racer, and a fairly athletic skier, I like the precision and power of a narrower ski. The execution and energy harnessed from a perfect turn on hard snow is particularly addicting. With that said, even on a "groomer" day, I might only ski 3 or 4 groomer runs. The rest of the time, I am off searching for good off-piste tree skiing, bumps, or open bowls. With my shortened ski days, I rarely want to trudge back to the car and get a new pair.
Anyone else notice this phenomenon? This applies to many skis I have skied in the past 2 years, not just a few. Better in off-piste conditions, way better in bumps, no loss of groomer performance. Thoughts?