Originally Posted by roundturns
The shop people thought I was nuts and told me the would never recommend a ski for skiing Vail lower than a 80 waist.
On second thought... I kinda agree with a min 80 waist. The only reason to have sub-80 would be if you just stuck to groomers and/or you stuck to bumps. What's the point of skiing Vail if you do that?
Unless you are a racer or a comp bump skier, The right 80-90 will be fantastic on Vail's easy to edge groomers, and also nice on a legit bump run like Highline. The extra width will make the back bowls and trees more fun even without any new snow. There are always pockets of softer snow/crud early in the year, and slush/refrozen crud later in the year. The extra width of an 80+ makes a much bigger percentage of the mountain fun to ski, up until about a 100 that will be a lot more work on a bump run like Highline on firm snow.
That's why I'm a fan of a 90ish ski. I think it maximizes the percentage of the mountain that is fun on a week like this since it's pretty darn good in groomers, bumps and crud.