Originally Posted by ct55
(starting some more trouble) So looking at this cynically, fatties will teach skiers to scrape the pow off the slopes and beat down moguls just like (most of the) non-carving boarders then ...
/flameon There's nothing worse than having say 6 inches of pow over hardpack/ice/manmade crust and having it scraped off by boarders creeping their way facing down the hill. It's particularly bad on narrower trails with tight lines back east. /flameoff
Good point. But I have to disagree a little.
IMHO that comes more to the ability level of the individual rider/skier.
Novice level skiers/especially riders will always do the scraping thing.
Then if you think about e.g. McConkey (or any very good freeskier) skiing his Spatulas/Pontoons (or even "normal" fatties) on similar situation...I'm pretty sure he'll just fly over the ruts, moguls and icy patch, even when "slidin/slarving" most of the time, with a light touch(!). No offense but (IMHO again) on this site many people are too focused on carving, and carving only and thus think that all turns involved skidding are "bad form" or something...
Anyway, very interesting topic.