Originally Posted by Utah49
Bob are you sure your The new Head ski rep in Jackson? Or is it your too honest to really do your job correctly? With your attitude your never going to get anywhere with this ski thing
You should have said: "You will need a whole new quiver of at least 3 Head skis, 4 would be better. A Head im 82, an 88 and for powder the 103 or whatever is the widest ski Head makes next year. The fourth would be something for ripping the bumps. Of course Head boots
Good point, u49.
Now that me and Bode are representing the same company, I'll need to get a lot more aggressive about pimping Heads.
apeyros, back to your original question, I agree a great deal with Rio's comments. I'm not really a big proponent of the wide-ski concept. IF
you've skied powder very much and IF
you ski at "normal" speeds most of the time (under 40mph or so), I don't know that a ski over 90mm underfoot is really necessary.
I still believe that when you go really wide you give up more in hard snow, bumps, and moderate crud performance than you gain in deep snow performance. I think that in a normal ski season of, say, 100 days at Jackson Hole, probably 40 of those days are going to be ones where it hasn't snowed for several days and there's no really deep snow to be had inbounds. On those days - and for ME - a ski with a narrower waist is just way more fun. The Heads (Super Shape) I'll be on next season have a 66mm waist and I think they're absolutely fantastic in all conditions up to and including 18" of powder. Deeper than that or in mushy, slushy, wind-slabby conditions I would go with a wider ski.
For me, there are so few days inbounds during the ski season that a 100mm+ ski is necessary that I just can't see owning a pair as a big priority. That's just me, of course, and we established a long time ago that I am very old-school.
Also, tacomaluv's suggestion is a really good one. If you're going to be skiing off the groomed runs here at JH, you're going to find this to be an exhausting mountain if you're not in shape. There are very long, relatively steep pitches that will have highly variable snow conditions. Those will beat you up if you're not physically strong.