Helluva skier, you are probably right. A few short seasons ago, the all-mountain slalom with 68-70ish waist was heralded as the new practically “do it all” skis for both on and off the groomed.
The argument ran that new improved materials made torsionally stiff skis possible in shorter lengths and longish skis were largely a thing of the past except for SG/downhill, and Extreme Big Mountain Skiing.
Today the manufacturers have in addition to their short slaloms, GS race skis and Carvers self-described “bigmountain/powder”, “all-mountain”,“skier-cross”, “cross-carve”, “freeride”, “all-mountain-freeride”,”all-mountain performer,”carve/skier-x”, “powder”, “all-mountain-carve”, “ all-mountain cruise,” “high performance versatile carving” “recreatrional performance all mountain”, “all mountain cruiser” “mid-fat”, “freeride/all mountain” , “freeride-race”and this list is not at all exhaustive.
: Nor am I kidding about any of the categories.
When you look at all of these various categories it seems like things are moving away somewhat from the 160-175 short slalom all mountain or whatever we decide to call them.