|Originally posted by Phil Pugliese:
Short and fat. I skied a PowerKarve in a 173 and it worked great at Summit County this week. If I hadn't promised them to one of my sons buddies, I would have let you take them.
What Phil said!
For the last few days before we closed Whitetail (PA) today, I've been teaching (and foolin' around) in the slush on my kid's 165 Explosivs (95 mm underfoot, about 25 meter sidecut radius). They are not only an absolute hoot for freeskiing and slush bumps, but they are absolutely ideal to teach on in these conditions. Using them, you can make these wonderful snake-like tight turns in the heavy slush without any up-unweighting or other strenuous effort. For example, you can do a traverse to traverse 180 deg turn with about a 4 foot radius and never loose any speed (...if thats what you want to do...) while everybody else is having problems keeping their speed up (on easier slopes) and trying to get their skis out of the slush so they can jerk them around. With the 165 Explosivs, you just ride 'em around smoothly.
My own fat skis are 190 Explosivs, and also turn much better in the heavy slush than narrower skis, but after the last few days experience, are overkill as far as top speed and float are concerned. IMHO, my daughter's 165's are by far the best skis in our family quiver for normal recreational speeds in slush, and that includes 63mm waisted hypercarvers, 68-70 mm boards, 83 mm Rex's, etc.
FWIW, I intentionally continued to use the 165's when it froze up hard last night, and they really weren't that bad at holding on the ice, but you really had to make the conscious effort to put a bit of extra angulation into each turn. They were WAAAAY less twitchy and nervous on the frozen ruts and crud than any of my normal 12-15 m sidecut radius hard snow skis.
Just my $0.02,
Tom / PM