I dont know if these have posted here before...but:
That's great stuff watching that. Just think, skiers skied powder on skinny skis a couple decades ago Amazing evolution in equipment has taken place but its great to see talented skiers ripping it up on what is now antique gear. I' m ashamed I can't ski better with the latest and greatest gear I own.
Bah, vee bend zee knees und do not vere hats! Und our 210cm skis, zay are not for girly men! ;)
So you're essentially saying that "old" people don't use fat skis nowadays? LMAO. Your logic is laughable, wow.
You know the OP? You know he's "old"? "Old" compared to whom? And who decides that? You? LOL.
Further, the OP isn't saying get rid of your 115 underfoot POW skis. He isn't saying that old skis suck, or don't suck. He isn't saying it's possible, or not possible.
You really don't understand the concept of sarcasm, do you?
Man, the more you post, the more you're showing your ignorance. Sigh.
You take us old fartz way too seriously. I'm sure the guys in the vids have long ago hung up their 210 k2 comps for something wider these days. 118 for powder for me... Even though I know I can do it on 68's.
Remember this discussion in about 40 years when you are the old fart and the youngsters are laughing at videos of those old fat skis. Life is funny about stuff like this; we all laughed then at the stuff from the 30's too. In 55 plus years of doing this have learned to enjoy what is available and respect what came before.
Oh ya, beyond being fun guys to ski with these guys partied like rock stars. That will probably never go out of style.
The technique for fat and skinny in powder is more or less the same. It's just that the margin for error with skinny is so much less. So fewer people could really enjoy it. The fatter skis have made more territory accessible to those that really don't have the time to get really, really good.
That's really not a bad thing. There's no need to have to suffer the way we did long ago just to have fun. That said, those old time boys who learned on skinnys really have super balance and now, using newer equipment, can really ski long into their golden age.
Personally, I ski SL skis on pretty much everything but that's getting old. I'll kick up to something wider in the near future.
To the OP's original point: Fat skis weren't necessary. As seen in the videos, particularly the second one, those guys were skiing deep snow without fat skis. Hence, fat skis aren't necessary.
Now, is it more fun with fat skis? Many would argue yes and they'd be right, at least for themselves. What fat skis did was open up more of the mountain for a lot of people, especially on powder days. They also probably extended the skiing life for a lot of people as they grew older. For me, I almost wish we were still on skinny skis and that there weren't snowboarders (sorry guys...). We used to get two days out of a storm before the whole mountain was trashed. Now, if we get more than a half-hour, we're very lucky. On the other hand, fat skis sure are fun! And, without them and the snowboarders, it's hard to say what ski areas would still be in existence.
For some reasonably loose definition of "more or less". Modern skis are not just "fatter". And they do best with some rethought technique.
It is both super impressive and sort of painful to watch folks on that old gear.
AHHH!! The original K2s!! I still have my dads pair sitting in my garage. They are were beast when they came out. They released an Anniversary one and it's supposed to rip.