Originally Posted by markojp
Painting pictures of us again? :) Having said this in several threads, you're right. The daily driver for the east is different than the west. I don't think any of Phil's 95's are going to be the daily ride for the east unless you're doing a load of off piste or stuff like Josh is doing in his spare time. I have the ability... no, I have to try a number of skis during the season. I own two pairs of alpine skis and one pair of telemark skis. I will probably pick up a pair of more dedicated piste skis this season, but that's enough. I can't run back to the locker when a lesson shows up and I'm not on the ideal ski, so having one that can more or less do it all is important. For me, it's been the E-98. It wouldn't be my one ski does all for the east. I'm always happy to get back to my own skis, but once in awhile, I'll ski something that speaks to me. For our local mountain, the FX 94 would make a great ski. For some it might be narrower than their ideal, and others, too wide. And no, I'm not going to schlep a half dozen pairs of skis to the hill unless I have to evaluate them. Speaking only for myself, it's a ridiculous distraction having to run around and figure out what's the right ski for the day especially when I might be a long way from the car or locker. Two pairs... fat skis for 8"+ of new snow, the 98's for everything else including lessons on powder days unless I know a client will be coming specifically for a powder lesson. This isn't a contest between who knows how to arc a ski or not, or who grew up where. Phil's shop is in Tahoe. I doubt very much that he's trying to force feed a 95 to anyone out east, but if someone out your way wants one, then here's his take. Nothing more, nothing less. Again, there's plenty of product out there to 'customize' our choices to match individual preferences.... I don't dare tell anyone east of the Mississippi what to ski with any authority because while I know what I'd want *, I'm not familiar enough with conditions in the east at this point in life to suggest anything to others..
* Nordica Firearrow 84 EDT, and a Kastle FX 104 :)
Hope you are right on the E98. I have been a dedicated narrow ski skier( any base that is touching on the snow is not effective). I have always been a late adopter owning a full quiver of race skis (Downhill to Slalom) with an E83 for cruising.
The E83 is torsionally a bit soft,and skis short, so I have just splashed out on the E98 (my wife asked me to remind her why I needed another pair of skis)
I like to carve up the corduroy early, then head off to the interesting skiing, steeps, bumps, and general crap.
Many years ago a great instructor at Taos told me that the object in skiing was to "ski the crud and the crap with grace and pace." Hope the E98 works for me.