To the OP, I understand what you're saying, but disagree. There is a huge difference in how a wider ski with some rocker works on different terrain. It makes many conditions much more enjoyable. Leaps and bounds.
I'd like to to think I can ski any ski, and probably can. I used to ski on volkl 215 straight skis for a long time, and I've taken skis like that through "powder" and rocks and trees. I got some atomic theories, and I really think they are the perfect ski. They're easy, laid back so to speak, and can ski anything. They do not have the edge grip of my other skis, despite all the videos about 'awesome edge grip', but what they do well is everything, anywhere.
Your premise that the east coast is all icy trails is wrong. There is a lot of tree skiing, and it's really nice in the spring. And after it snows, wide skis will ski 10x better. There's just no comparison. That said, I do miss the edge grip on my six stars, especially since I keep them sharp. I'd dig them into some steep trails that were real icy just fine. Are skis like that ideal for the east, it depends on what you ski. Sometimes I do wish I had my sixstars on, because the long metal holds better, but overall I like my atomic theories because they work anywhere, and overall better, except of the icy conditions.
I would say a 95mm ski is just plain better for east coast skiing, but that's my opinion..on icy trails, sometimes I would prefer a narrower ski with better edge grip. But if you get the right ski, it can be good at practically all conditions. Have you tried a pair? I'd be surprised if you didn't prefer them, unless you were focused on only ever carving turns down the trails. And GS turns are my favorite thing in skiing.
Edited by like2ski123 - 8/27/13 at 6:06pm