Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor
I would consider a forgiving ski to be one that is tolerant of mistakes. For example, it won't toss you if you occasionally get in the backseat. Generally something that you don't need to be skiing at the top of your game all the time to enjoy it.
Obviously it's somewhat subjective and will change from person to person, but I'd consider that a good general definition.
Agreed, and it's (as I understand it) relative. Forgiving shouldn't mean less fast. A GS race stock ski can be labeled as 'forgiving', compared to an other ski in the same league. ie : a dynastar course comp will (probably) be more forgiving
than an Atomic. Compared to a 4800, not...
In an ideal world, a ski should forgive your occasional mistakes, without sacrifying performance when you're 'at the top of your game'. In a more than ideal world, my wife too.