I alternated last weekend between a pair of Dynastar Omeglass WC SL skis (13m radius, 65mm waist) and Salomon Twenty Twelve skis (~22m radius at 91mm waist). Conditions were manmade hardpack (think: edges didn't sink into the snow). Both the pairs of skis were tuned (by me, therefore equally good or crappy tunes) the day prior. The SL skis carved effectively in short and medium advanced parallel turns. The Twenty Twelves did not. Some observations:
- I had to really exaggerate tipping movements to put the fat skis on any edge. Moreover, it hurt my knees to do so.
- Tipping to a moderate edge angle took a lot of time, so at most I could make large radius turns. I could not carve a short radius turn on these.
- To create enough angulation to maintain balanced on the fat skis edge, I had to crank my hips in and my upper body over the outside ski unnaturally.
- The fat skis felt like they were torsionally deforming underfoot (flapping feeling).
- Skiing by pivoting the feet was simple on the fat skis. However, this resulted in skidding and the fat skis breaking away from the surface rather than steering.
- The fat skis came back to life through patches of soft snow and were able to carve.
- Intermediate parallel turns were effective at intermediate speeds on the fat skis.
When people talk about how great a fat ski carves, are they comparing fat skis to slalom skis? Are they carving on machine-made hardpack, or on Colorado packed powder? Are the people "carving" on this ski actually carving, or do they just think they're carving?
Is there a likelihood the mount point is set wrong?
I swear these skis were a lot of fun as a demo on Whistler "hardpack" a few years ago. Surely my memory isn't so inaccurate...?