|Originally posted by TooSteep:
Can someone please explain why 'powder' skis need to be so wide?
Wide is good in powder because the smaller surface of narrower bases lets em sink deeper which means a less stable interface with the medium -- think 'running on the beach in stiletto pumps'.
Sure faceshots are fun, but not at the expense of becoming so exhausted that by 1:30 on a powder day you're ready to hang it up. Pretty much every decent powder skier thought fat skis were a joke at some time before the mid 90's... then as they've tried them, they've seen the light. So now the question is how wide can you go before the added float doesn't justify the added swing weight.
Here's a novel idea..... GET USED TO THE IDEA OF HAVING 2 PAIRS OF SKIS.