Slatz, I found that to be true when shaped skis first came out. Our traditional 'windshield wiper' turns on the steeps didn't feel as secure on shaped skis, which I attributed to less ski to snow contact area. However our tecnique has been changing now to take advantage of the shaped skis. We are often rounding out part or all of a turn on even very steep runs, in a way that would have looked totally insane years ago on the straight boards. When skiing steeps this way the increased sidecut becomes beneficial rather than a problem. Of course another thing to note is that "true" steeps are in fact rarely skied by anybody in-bounds. By and large even the steepest inbounds double-blacks in America never really did physically require hop turns, people often just found it required psychologically. Also, I think it frankly felt and looked more impressive to folks if one was doing hop turns and so it was soothing to the ego!