Title says it all. I was skiing this stuff today. Temps varied from 31 - 33 degrees Farenheit. It was alternately snowing, freezing rain, raining, sleeting, and again snowing. We had maybe 8" of warm wet fresh sticky snow first thing in the morning. This is what I mean by heavy wet glop. After about 20 minutes (I'm in New England) it was cut up.
So I have longitudinally soft skis (but torsionally stiff; Kastle FX84s). Several years back when my skills were more minimal -- and my skis stiffer and narrower (low 70s waists), I blasted through this stuff with ease. Today I made it through this stuff. But to do that I had to keep talking to reassuringly to myself, because my beloved skis did not leave me feeling well-supported. I felt like I had to do all the work without much support. Another way of putting it: they seemed a little "light" for the job. Things worked out, but I'm wondering if denser boards are called for when there is cement underfoot.
I'm thinking stiff boards would leave me feeling more like a hero empowered to triumph over nature than a person having to constantly evaluate whether or not my current boards will give way and fold at the next big mound of gook ahead. These concerns may relate to the character of this particular pair of skis, or it may reflect the fact that I had a season-ending injury late last season. I'm trying to figure this out.
Just to clarify: I was skiing heavy wet cut-up glop, right down the center of the trail where others feared to tread. I did this over and over for one hour only, then had to stop for indoor training.
What say the members of the community more familiar with skiing cement?