Originally Posted by Lemon Zest
but my 100mil Mantras will ski waist deep with just as much proficiency.
More to the point, how often do you ski waist deep powder? Versus say 6"?
And to forestal the inevitable reply from someone about smoothing out chop or my background with modern fat skis, yes I do, and how much width do we need for that anyway? If it's just a float equation, then something in the low 100's with rocker prolly does the trick at normal speeds for me. If you're 200 lbs, then say 115. My 2014 Super 7's are more ski than I need for real world powder or chop, even though they're fun. I have some 122's that have seen snow once after a year and a half, and that was just for the experience, not the conditions. Despite being taken to various mountains in various places for various trips. Seriously, when I see folks on 115's when it's snowed 3" back here and gotten cut up in two hours, it smells like duty, not perfection.
The smoothest ski I've ever been on in bad chop (say 8"), BTW, was a 178 Stockli SS, 89 mm. Modern GS skis aren't all that bad in heavy crud either, although you better stay on them if you value your knees.
But yeah, quivers rule, and why stop with three? If you're not approaching double digits, you're wasting your time skiing.
Edited by beyond - 1/20/15 at 5:58am