Just reading the SIA show preview edition yesterday. Kinda interesting. I don't have it on front of me, but paraphrasing "the big category is going to be mid 80's to mid 90's skis going forward. Wider models are lacking in versatility and customers are looking toward skis that can be skied every day. The industry realizes that many skiers never venture far from groomers and is responding with appropriate product. Many dealers have 110mm+ wide skis that have been sitting on the walls for several years now. Also big are the introduction of many frontside specific and carving skis. Smaller, freeride oriented brands are also bringing narrower skis. In addition to the lightweight trend, this will be the biggest development in the coming season". For example, Head's Monster 88 is back, one of the top 5 skis of the last decade, IMO.
Excuse me, but doesn't this read like a story from The Onion? Only 3 years ago, everyone was predicting the death of the sub 100mm ski. It was 120mm as the go-to for most skiers, and the 107's were the new all-mountain/hardpack width. Sub 90mm won't even make it in an inch of new snow. And carvers? Who the heck cares about groomers, or technical skiing? And you are telling me that the industry just now realizes that most skiers don't leave groomed snow, or ski in places where you can't really safely go off-piste?
In 3 years, will we all be going back to 110mm+ models as our everyday skis, due to radical technical developments or some new "trend"?
Excuse me if this all seems like a cynical ploy to sell more skis. Doubt the car industry could get away with this: "The sports sedan is crap, it can't even handle a well maintained asphalt road. You need this honkin' 4wd SUV to get your kids to school in one piece. Nobody cool drives a sports sedan.....3 years later...No, wait, that SUV is heavy, fuel inefficient, and no fun to drive. Buy this sports sedan and have fun driving your car again! That SUV is for image-conscious losers".