Originally Posted by kptwohig
So I've skied the season on a pair of Line Chronics and enjoyed them all over the mountain and in the park. My question lies in the major difference between this ski and say the K2 Fujative. Are soft skis better than stiff/springy skis in the park? Particularly for landings?
I notice that the chronics are great for popping and ollies, but are not great for buttering. How does a ski's pop or softness affect hits in the park?
Something to keep in mind is that many skis that are designed for buttering are designed with multiple flex points and patterns. Often times, park skis that are designed to butter have a softer flexing point in front of the toe peice and a softer flexing point behind the heel peice. They will also have a general flex pattern centered around the boot.
Now with stiffer park skis, you can still butter, you just have to do it right. Similarly, if you use skis designed to butter, you can take advantage of those other flex points to get a little "snap" or pop out of the skis to ollie.
In terms of landing, a more butter oriented ski will be less forgiving to landing in the backseat, whereas a stiffer ski will allow you a bit more room for error.
More than anything, its just a matter of preferance when it comes to stiffer or softer (butter oriented) park skis.