Originally Posted by rickg
The size of a quiver is dependent on the type of skiing you do and where.
If you race in a league, you may need 2 pairs of skis just for racing, an SL and a GS ski. If after the races you like to explore the rest of the mountain, you probably need an all mountain ski. Where you live could determine the width and type of all mountain skis you would want. If you travel a lot to different areas of the country or out of the country, the all mountain ski you would want there might be different than the all mountain ski you want for your home hill.
Then there is the park factor and the mogul factor which would require a different type of ski. If you like touring or skinning, another type of ski might be required.
As you can see this is a complicated question with different answers for different skiers in different situations.
My own experience is this. For most of my ski career I had at most 2 pairs of skis. The newer all mountain ski, and my previous pair used as a rock ski. I did not have an interest in racing so race skis weren't necessary and my all mountains took care of mogul and exploratory needs quite well for where I lived in the Mid Atlantic region. Even my occasional trips out west were take care of by my all mountain skis that I had chosen for back home.
Fast forward a couple of years, and I moved to OH and got involved in a race league for the first time in my life. All of a sudden I needed race skis to be competitive. I also started taking more trips out west which justified my purchase of a wider big mountain ski for exploring out west.
So my current quiver remains at 4 skis:
Blizzard SLR Race Mag IQ 160 for my slalom race ski
Volkl Racetiger Speedwall GS 175 for my GS race ski
Volkl AC30 Wide Ride IPT 170 for my all mountain skiig around home.
Rossignol Experience 98 180 for my all mountain ski vacation ski.
Those skis work well for me.