Originally Posted by Someone who wasn't original enough to come up with their own name, so they ripped off the name of a famous free skier that they THINK they share similar skiing ability, technique, and ski preference with
Greg, what are you not understanding about the fact that not all people share your love for carving? Show me one professional mogul skier that makes full mountain carves and i'll shut up.
For the thread starter, I used to snowboard so i know how sidecut works. If the board goes flat, you have no more stability. This is what always used to happen when i would rent super sidecuts, hence my decision to stick with straight skis. I know how it is to always need to be on edge... it's not fun.
That's really funny, because I didn't recall writing the word carve, and now that I am re-reading the post I don't see the word carve. Interesting how you automatically thought "carve." Your decision to stick with straight skis is one of ignorance and nothing else. You do not understand how a shaped ski works, or the benefits that can be derived from one. After your comments on skiing, and watching you ski, you don't understand that either. Due to your lack of understanding you SHOULD STOP POSTING THIS EXTREME MIS-INFORMATION. Ski on straight skis - that is fine - but don't talk like you know what you're doing, and stop acting like you made your decision based on something more than ignorance.
Ski=free is not looking for a straight ski... did you look the their quiver that they ski on? The quiver they have consists of two of the most modern, high performance, all-mountain skis available to the public. The problem they are having is finding a ski with LESS SHAPE that compliments the quiver they already have (they exist despite the original poster's claims).
BTW, what is a full mountain carve? From my experience mogul skiers are a one-trick-pony when it comes to skiing technique (no offense to any out there - most are strong skiers). I know several that competed at a junior or college level and they aren't much for all mountain skiing, free skiing, or anything that doesn't involve a mound of snow surrounded by a trough. They are however sick skiers in their terrain, but the technique that they employ is applicable in one place on the mountain and that is in moguls (okay, possibly in skied out trees as well but for this topic we can consider that moguls as well). This simple fact is why you came under fire when you posted your "bump skiing." Yeah you can ski 6 small moguls in a row until you have to bail out from being in the back seat, too rigid, and off balance with your upper body; but that skiing won't do anything for you when you try to ski anything other than bumps. You will just look like a skier who is trying to ski bumps on a groomer.
And for the record, those who don't share a love for carving usually can't do it, can't pick out good carving from bad carving, and don't understand it's advantages. That isn't a crisis for me, but they are missing out on a huge part of modern skiing, which if is not learned to a point, will hold you back as a skier... as I referred to as a terminal intermediate in another thread.
Anyhow, most of that was entirely off topic (as was directing the original poster to straight skis), but your continual badgering deserves an answer once in awhile. Just please stop thinking that you possess the depth of knowledge about skiing that some of the more accomplished skiers here have - you're just not there. It would be like someone reading the first chapter of a calculus text book and then thinking they were a mathematician... it is just foolishness.LaterGREG