Originally Posted by ssh
Ummm... GlenPlake, you need to know that those guys can carve it up on shaped skis, too. Plake, last I heard, still prefers pencil skis (although there have been rumors around that he's liking shaped...Phil might know). But, I guarantee you that they have tremendous skills beyond most mortals.
I will tell you that, for mortal me, there's no comparison. Give me the shaped for any conditions anywhere for a better, more fun experience.
Of course, you, like Ghost, may enjoy the longboards.
I must admit that every time you post on these things I have to wonder if you're a troll, too. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt, but I just don't get why you'd want to jump on straight skis. Again, tell us what you think once you do.
well, like i said, i primarily stay on huge bumps and super steeps. i'm never in any real deep powder and i hate carving down fast, flat runs.
i used to snowboard, so if i cared about carving, i would've stuck with that.
everytime i would rent skis, they would hand me this ridiculously thick supersidecuts. ever try going down a set of huge bumps when your ski sidecut basically fits right onto the mogul so that you have maximal contact? maybe if knew better mogul technique i would be able to use a supersidecut down the moguls, but i don't.
i finally ended up pickup a pair of older k2 fours... and these have worked fine. i can ride the moguls and super steep terrain much better than before. i was going to pick up a pair of mogul specific ski because i liked moguls so much but i was talked out of it. so after seeing plake and hattrup rip up the moguls AND the steeps with their planks, i figured i would see what i had missed being that i only started skiing in '93.
i'll let you guys know how it goes.