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Interesting wide(r) ski appreciation

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I just had a new reason to appreciate wide...well wider...skis recently.  I generally ski the east coast and have been a strong proponent of relatively narrow skis for most east coast conditions.  However, for reasons unnecessary to explain here, I've recently been skiing a pair of 95-waist skis. (I know, I know, for some of you this is not wide).  Well, this week, I finally got out on my 78-waist carving skis and...whoa! a revelation!

 

What appears to have happened is that I've developed bigger edge angles.  Needing to carve the wider skis on groomers made me angulate my ankles more -- and more forcefully. It seems I actually got better at carving through spending some time on my wider skis.  I seem to have discovered more force and more edge -- perhaps because I needed to emphasize those things in order to get the carve out of the 95's???  Anyway, I had a blast on my carvers and am still endorsing narrower, quicker skis for east coast hardpack, but I thought this was an interesting, and perhaps  revelatory experience. 

 

Anyone experience the same thing?  

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Okay, now go get a pair of 105 waisted skis and repeat experiment. 

 

To put it simply, mastering many different types of equipment will always make you a better skier. That extends all the way to learning tele, and even snowboarding. The more equipment you gain experience and expertise with, the more the skills will translate across all aspects of your sliding life. 

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