Obviously skis have become shorter over the years. Not just in total length, but in effective length with the introduction of rocker technology. Despite this trend, there seem to be many skiers who want to go even shorter than the current recommendations. This comes up in many threads and causes interesting insights into the perception of ski length.
At some point in these threads some one always says, "that ski is too short for you, you will never be able to ski it". What do they mean?
I understand that length is often a trade off of speed and float for maneuverability, but does there come a length where the ski just won't work and technique breaks down? Could you ski a 140cm ski with correct technique? Not why would you want to, but could you. I understand the cultural resistance to shorter skis, I'm just wondering if there is a technical one as well.
Just to be clear, I'm not advocating the use of shorter skis, or looking for equipment recommendations. I just find the subject intriguing and wanted to ask the question.