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?