Long before the fat ski fad I learned to ski on what most here would consider antiques. What that did was forced all of us to actually learn to ski and not blame the skis for our shortcomings. When the short ski fad happened most of us switched to little slaloms but we retained the same attitude about how we skied. So yes for ten years I was out in whatever snow on little slaloms. Including many days of bottomless powder. BTW Barnes was also out with me on his little hart slaloms. So while some might want to say everyone needs fat boards I say a ski can make it easier but in the end it is the skier not the skis responsible for the quality of the turns made. As it always has been.
Now days mostly I am on rtm84s when teaching in the outback trees and such but I still use my old slaloms for lower end lessons. Granted after so many seasons the slalom skis are pretty soft but so too are the skis on my student's feet. Which is one of the habits I retain from my Aspen days. Although I would add most schools don't sweat those details like Katy Ertl and her trainers do.
Here I see a lot of our newer staff show up with their free skiing gear when all they teach are beginners on the magic carpet. Their demos suffer because of that but until our ssd mandates otherwise that bad practice will probably continue.
All in all choosing from the wide variety of specialty skis available now days makes the one ski quiver idea a relic from the days when I learned to ski. It also opens up the probability of using a specialty ski outside of it's design parameters. It will get through that reasonably well but I still laugh when I see 130 bananas on someone's feet opening weekend.
Edited by justanotherskipro - 1/6/16 at 8:50am