Hello Bears. I have an inquiry that I hope will catch the attention and evoke responses from some of the most knowledgeable Bears--those of you who are in the industry or are experienced ski testers. Your mission, should you accept it, is to help me by creating a sort of dictionary of ski characteristics and accompanying list of skis that demonstrate those characteristics. My hope is that I can then go to demo days where I can associate the feel of these characteristics with the appropriate language.
My problem is that while I am know which skis (of the ones I've tried) I like, I don't have the vocabulary to describe the characteristics that I do or don't like about a particular ski. For instance, I can't confidently say I like X ski because it is damp, poppy, accurate, energetic, etc.
It would help me greatly (and perhaps others) if you would identify and define the most common terms (and some of the more esoteric ones) used to describe skis' performance characteristics (both positive and negative) in each of the 3 major categories---front-side, all-mountain, and backside/powder. Then, please provide names of a few exemplary skis in each category that possess those characteristics.
I put in 30-45 days/ season in ID, UT, WY, and MT. I am able to handle any terrain at Jackson and Snowbird that doesn't require big air or monster bootpacks to access. I have good technical skills and vocabulary, but this functional vocabulary of ski characteristics is a hole in my ski knowledge/skill. I'd appreciate your help.