I tried to phrase the question to prevent the short versus long ski debate. I was really interested in knowing if the resistance to shorter skis was just cultural or if there was a technical component. I guess the debate was inevitable. At least it seems to have morphed into a less incensed "here's my favorite short ski" thread. That's OK, it's interesting to see versatility on the slopes; in equipment and technique.
Each to their own.
Yep. All I've learned from these kinds of threads is width, length, and technique are all dependent on the individual skier and their preferences, skill level, and style. You can make generalizations about a lot of this stuff but it really boils down to the skier.