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post #31 of 41
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Originally Posted by rx2ski View Post

Okay, I haven't read enough of these millions of threads, so a quick question:

what's "wide enough" to start enjoying the powder?

 

(Yes, I come from the 80s running on slalom skis for moguls wearing my 1-piece suit.)

 

It's a pretty simple relationship:

 

Ski Width Increases - Required Skill Level Decreases

post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

 

It's a pretty simple relationship:

 

Ski Width Increases - Required Skill Level Decreases

 

That is so true! I might want to add to it

 

As ski width increases, required ski level and effort decreases

post #33 of 41
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Originally Posted by rx2ski View Post

 

That is so true! I might want to add to it

 

As ski width increases, required ski level and effort decreases

 

Using tools to make things easier.  What a concept!

post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by St Bear View Post

 

Using tools to make things easier.  What a concept!

 

This season, I went skiing after a 10 year break. So, 10 years older and out of shape, but my first time on shaped skis. Using 163s instead of 185s and skied all day and wasn't even sore after wards. I can't remember the width of the skis I demoed), but I asked for a narrow pair since everything looked like 4" wide planks. Will be skiing on a lot of demos next year until I figure out what to buy.

post #35 of 41
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Originally Posted by rx2ski View Post

 

That is so true! I might want to add to it

 

As ski width increases, required ski level and effort decreases

 

on soft snow. I'd say the inverse is true on hardpack. All else being equal (which is rarely the case). 

post #36 of 41

On hardpack/ice, the skinnier the ski, the more effort and skill required.  Fat skis on hardpack don't really require lots of skill; you can simply surf them, have bad technique, and fart around on them and they'll be fairly stable and you'll get down the hill.  Try doing that on 66mm skis on Eastern hardpack and you're in for a very rude awakening.

post #37 of 41

While my preference for hardpack/ice would be closer to something in the low 80s, I would gladly take a 66 over a 100 for such conditions. 

post #38 of 41

That's why I have a 67mm and a 98mm.  Covers most conditions I'll encounter. wink.gif

post #39 of 41

And there you have it - the universal quiver!  Adjust for specific region and personal taste, allow for expansion based on possible extreme conditions/financial state/addictive behavior ...... end of discussion.  

post #40 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

That's why I have a 67mm and a 98mm.  Covers most conditions I'll encounter. wink.gif

 

98 and 118 for me in this neck of the woods, but yours sounds just about perfect for Ontario.  smile.gif

post #41 of 41

Good for your PNW location, nice!

 

My setup also works for Vermont too.  And if I head out to West, then I just take the 98mm and I'm set.  If it gets really deep, I just rent for the day. icon14.gif

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