Originally Posted by garyskr
It's amazing how insightful we all become - almost clairvoyant. We know who the target audience is, we know where they ski, how often they ski, how many time a day OB is visited, etc. We know that the equipment tests are skewed and somehow not really real. We seem to be very critical of the tests, the testers and the mfr's.
Actually, I'm sure that the target audience is those that the mfr's hope to sell to. And since they offer specific categories ranging from beginner to freerider to racer, it would seem that they are trying to make and sell all types of skis - whatever the demand is. If, however, your special interest group doesn't buy skis, the mfr's probably aren't trying to reach you. You shouldn't be offended.
We have expert females skiers that stay inbounds 60% of the time, and BC 40% of the time and visa versa as well. And a couple where big mtn is their cup of tea.
The same pretty much for the men. For example I have one male skier that is 61 years of age. There is a ski run here at Tremblant that is named after his family. He is an expert skier. But he still has some youth in him. He likes to take things out of bounds when we finally get good snow here, and when he goes to Europe or Whistler. He wants a ski that will do it all for him, while keeping his confidence very high, and also keeping his body fresh. There are alot of men at that age group that still want to go after it when their bodies feel good, or just cruise around when they don't. They want an expert ski that can do it all without beating the crap out of them.
I have a female tester that 57 years old. She is intermediate. She is from the right coast as well. Her husband is a race hound, and a very good racehound at that. But she is not a racer. And sometimes her husbands racer influence dominates her ski selection. So when they go out west every year, or the right coast gets a big snow. Well she struggles. There is a boatload of women out there in the same mess. This test will help those women. Actually I'm really looking forward to seeing her results. Frankly this test could open up an entire new skiing avenue for her. And that is pretty cool.
Believe me we have thought out avenue's in testing that truly answers this one question: "Boy it would be nice if these mags could have someone just like me telling me what was good and what wasn't, that fit into my age, and ability group. I buy the skis which the mags recommend and then end up waisting a ton of money on lessons to learn how to use them, and still feel lost and struggling. I just want to be able to ski and have fun like everybody else I see".
To be honest. That really isn't much to ask. I hope this test will help alot of frustrated skiers answer that question.