Originally Posted by FloppyDisk
Yes. my boots are basically touching when I am skiing.
This presents a problem with many modern skis. If you ski that way, the tips and often tails are going to be banging together, not only causing damage to the skis but also making it somewhat more likely you'll fall. The majority of modern skis under say 95-100mm waist have relatively short turn radii, often around 14-15m. What you need is a longer radius maybe around 17-18m. Buy you also want a short ski which only compounds the issue because the shorter the ski the smaller the radius. If you wanted a powder ski it's easy to find a long radius, even for shorter skis but you want a one ski quiver, something around 90-100mm underfoot. The only skis I know of with a longer radius in that width range are the Armada Invictus 89Ti and 95Ti and the Armada ARVTi.
ARVTi, 168cm, 97mm waist, 18.5m radius
Invictus 89Ti, 171cm, 87mm waist, 17m radius
Invictus 95Ti, 167cm, 93mm waist, 18.5m radius
All three of these skis, as well as almost every other current ski, has at least some tip rocker and some, like these also have some tail rocker. Rocker makes the ski feel shorter because there is less base in contact with the snow. As an example, I'm 5'7", 150 pounds and my powder/soft snow ski is an ON3P Billy Goat, 186cm which is pretty long, but the ski has tip and tail rocker and the effective edge is only 140cm. I can turn this ski on a dime when I need to. Except for an older pair of SL race skis, my shortest ski is 168cm and has a tiny amount of early rise in the tip. The other skis I use are 170cm and 177cm. Short skis or skis that ski very short will be squirrelly on hardpack. They will be easy to turn, but they will also be pretty unstable if you ski very fast. But there are also other factors that influence stability at speed beside length, stiffness being very important. For skis with rocker, I think you really need to go longer, like mid 170s. What I really recommend you do is demo something with tip and tail rocker in a mid to high 160cm length and also demo the same ski in a mid 170 length. You can't appreciate how rocker effects stability and turning until you experience it first hand.
And almost any ski can carve. I own and ski six pairs of skis with waists ranging from 68mm to 116mm and I can carve on every one. Narrower skis are better because they're easier to get on edge and keep them there.
Edit to add one more ski, the ON3P Prester, 171cm, 86mm waist, 18.8m radius, twin tip with no rocker
Edited by mtcyclist - 2/3/16 at 5:37am