I read the article and very much agree with it. It seems like obvious physics, and it's what I feel while skiing.
I have 80, 90 and 110mm skis. I also grew up skiing skinny skis and have 20 years experience skiing all over the mountain on narrow skis. I have now desire to go back.
I want to challenge your love of skinny skis for all conditions. Maybe you are in the 1% (if that) of skiers that can ski narrow skis well in all conditions. I'm not, so fat skis make challenging 3d snow much easier and much more fun.
I'm not talking about powder. It's easy enough to ski powder on skinny skis. I'm talking about powder after it has been cut up, wind blown, sun baked, blown up by explosives, and slid in avalanches.
It's challenging 3d snow like that where fat skis are hugely better than narrow skis. They make those conditions tolerable for average skiers and fun for good skiers. On narrow skis all but the very best skiers will be retreating to groomers or packing it in for the day in those conditions.
I hear ya tball. well I used to think that way, but after trying various different fat skis in a few crud situations I can honestly say I like something around 80mm everywhere, except for possibly in very tight trees with very cruddy snow in there. IN that case I might be able to keep my speed down a little easier on something kind of fatter. But I have found that fat skis tend to deflect more in crud and cause as many problems as they create. My 80mm skis punch through it. (shrug). 80mm isn't really skinny either. Its fat compared to what I grew up on. Skinny by today's standards.
that being said, in deeper snow, as I have said before, I see nothing wrong with people floating around on fatter skis. I just have found that my 80mm's work fine for me and function better as a true all mountain one ski quiver ski.
And i agree with you that lesser skilled skiers will simply not be able to handle most 3D snow, especially crud, on skinner skis. They need something that they can boat around on and there is nothing wrong with that.