Originally Posted by FreeSki
Oldschoolskier- While I understand the distinction and that companies will put advanced/beginner on certain skis, but after a point I feel like you just have to find what skis suit your style because many expert skiers will chose a softer ski for certain conditions.
Trekchik- We are all confused!
asp125- The one nice thing about those first two is at least they can be measured and quantified. The last is just just up in the air of course.
FreeSki - Point well made, description was intended only to give an idea of what the terms mean. Ski and boot selection are still based very much a personal preference, more so with the higher level skiers as they know what they want and expect from the equipment (and in most cases likely have experience the various levels/types of equipment so they actually know what works best for their style and conditions).
What is interesting is that when people ask for help in selecting equipment that there seem to be two groups.
First Group (limited experience), questions is usually phrased something along the lines "I'm looking for equipment, help!"
Second Group (experienced), question is usually phrased "Here's what I'm using currently, like/dislike these characteristics, here's my stat's, here's what I want to achieve, so what would you recommend from similar experienced skiers?"
The first group is usually a q&a game and then general recommendations could maybe made.
The second as now we can use the terms that the more experienced skiers understand, it is easier.
Sorry I've digressed a little in including all equipment in the reply, but I thought it was applicable and your comments and initial statement bring very valid points of education for the first group.
(Based on the temp's in my area of the great white north, do grass skis count in these descriptions ?)