As an eastern skier I am truly baffled as to the mass appeal of skiing down hard pack icy runs on wide skis made primarily for off piste/powder soft snow skiing. I understand that ski companies have to constantly recreate the wheel in order to move product, and yes I understand that great improvements have been made over the last decade in technologies, materials and so on.
I grew up skiing on primarily race/carve skis and my everyday skis are either 72mm or 84 mm underfoot depending on the conditions and I could not see going any wider unless we got a 3' dump and no one was tracking it out. I put an emphasis on being able to carve on hard pack and hold a nice edge and I just don't see the additional torque on the knees using wide skis to do that worth the effort. It appears that ski companies successfully market to people for conditions they hope to or wish to be skiing on and not what they actually get. Is it just genius marketing or do +90mm skis have a place for the everyday eastern skier that sees primarily groomed hard pack/ice bumps 80% of the season?? i get it for tee skiing, but the majority of recreational skiers don't go into the trees on a regular basis.
I find that a narrow ski (68mm-80mm) is easier to maneuver on hard snow than a wider ski.
Is it a technique issue? i ski 35-45 days a year and I probably see 10 'great snow days" a season, and my narrow skis do just fine on those days as well.
As the upcoming ski season is around the corner, can someone shed some light on the benefits of going on anything wider than a 90mm underfoot ski to ski in the east? Not trying to be confrontational or naive, I just don't get it the need for them for eastern skiing.