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What's Next for Big Skis?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I recently read an article by a pro big mountain skier saying that the tools need to change again.

He felt that the public was expecting more and more out TGR film shoots, and that current generation big skis (even honkers like Atomic's Big Daddy), aren't long enough or big enough. He felt they didn't provide the strength or balast necessary to hit the speeds and lines they wanted.

Has snowboarding has raised the bar?
Will a new generation of bruiser skis will be born for those mammoth Alaska descents?
post #2 of 15
Where was this article? I would like to read it? SOunds interesting?
post #3 of 15
Line Prophet
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
I know somebody would ask that. Now I've gotta go to the bathroom and dig through the ski mags.

I'll see if I can find it. It's good to keep me honest.
post #5 of 15
"Has snowboarding has raised the bar?"

absolutely not, it has been 5 or 6 years since there was a snowboard segment even close to a ski one
what raised the bar was guys like Nobis/Harrisson/Morrison/McConkey/Law/McMurray/Flahr charging hard big mountain lines at speeds heretofore reserved for the world cup
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by waxman
heretofore
Nice word choice
post #7 of 15
i was hoping someone would pick up on that, being well read and in the ski industry are not mutually exclusive...
post #8 of 15
Jeremy Jones
post #9 of 15
By all means, evolve the sport and it's tools based on what people watching videos want to see.
post #10 of 15
Sort of an odd comment, which may have had some truth 5 years ago, but given that there are skis like the Sanouk, Prophet and Spatula out there it is a big call to say pro skiers aren't getting the skis they really want. Most of the top skiers have free run in the race room to come up with whatever ski they want, and if a design has merit it may go into limited production for whoever else wants it. But whoever made that comment is clearly not a jibber.
post #11 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by waxman
i was hoping someone would pick up on that, being well read and in the ski industry are not mutually exclusive...
Agreed, we are certainly both.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've just dug through a dozen mags and can't find the article again, and don't know who the author was (don't recognize most of these guys' names).

The jist was, he felt bigger, stiffer skis were needed for the next level. It could just be one guy's personal opinion. Or, perhaps he doesn't yet have the cred to get free run of the race room.
post #13 of 15
I have to second Jeremy Jones.. or even Tom Burt. I've seen both ride lines that rival any skier.

The new paradox snowboard video by standard has some of the most ridiculous lines i've ever seen.
post #14 of 15
210cm, 110mm waist, SG construction (3 sheets Ti). I'm suprised nobody offers that.
post #15 of 15
It's similar to the car scene, only more dramatic with fewer exceptions.
Old school monster skis for going fast. Cars for going fast Large displacement (rare fuel injection, superpercharged,Overhead cam)
New school shorter thinner skis with better tech. Fuel-injection common, turbo everywhere, superchargers more common, computer maps, chips.
Now school same tech longer wider skis. Dodge Hemi Charger.
Future: Monster skis with modern tech. Cars! Who can afford to drive with the price of energy?
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