65cm is still a bit narrow for powder but it can be done. Just a bit more speed required. I read an informed opinion about shaped ski myth having more floatation. The argument was The shaped ski has about the same sq. cm's as its counterpart straight ski of 15 cm longer. Therefore there is the same square "footage" so to speak and therefore ssame floatation. let's take this argument further from the sublime to the ridiculous just for fun.: Using this argument, let's make a ski which is 3cm's wide (about one inch) and stretch the ski as long as it takes to aquire the same sq cm's of a decent powder ski. According to this line of thinking this new ski should float in powder as well as the powder ski. Maybe my understanding of the law of physics is way off, but I think that new ski would sink like a rock in powder! Do I hear an Amen?
Yes a narrower ski would float ok but it would take more speed to keep it up on top. I think the width of the shape ski is what does it, contrary to the informed opinion I read a while back. We need the sideways sq cm's for floatation in powder not length of cm's. i.e. placement is important. Bad analogy here, but it's like a bare foot water skier at high speed is a bare-footed water skier until he slows donw. Then he becomes a bare-footed swimmer! (or diver)
These Atomics should be fine in short turns. I must admit my ModX's are incredible in the short turn as well as carves. Are these the Atomics with the 17mm riser plate? Thisis great for edge pressure but the higher you get the slower it will be from one edge back to the other.
Here's a question to consider, and one which I don't have the answer to (perhaps we can all figure it out together). In powder the skis tend to go into a reverse camber or curve. The wide shovels (tips) float up but the narrow waist might just plow through. This may cause you to slow down. whereas speed in powder is one's least concerns it still is nice to scoot a bit. Perhaps a ski wider at the waist and a bit stiffer would be the ticket? A MOD X Pro or Bandit XX or XXX? K2 had a great powder ski called the Explorer 2yrs. ago. I wonder if they have something like that out now. Bob
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