Originally Posted by SierraJim
Do you classify yourself or your ski crew as advanced intermediates? Go out and watch some folks that are maybe level 6-7 (ish) skiers. Then ask yourself the honest question, do they build the angles that you do?? The answer is that they don't.
an intermediate skier live with a wide ski?....sure. Given the types of snow and terrain they will normally tackle will they get more overall enjoyment?..........No. A stiff fattish ski would probably not be a wise choice as an only ski for someone of this level.
I'm honestly not sure how I'd classify myself. I'm enthusiastic - and in addition to just enjoying being alive and out in the snow, I generally know what I want to accomplish. But I routinely make my share of amusing beginner mistakes! Those pics don't make it into the TRs...
I suppose I'd put myself somewhere in the border area between advanced and intermediate (in my fifties and been skiing about 6 years). To your point, cloudpeak (who is almost exclusively skiing her Auras these days) and I were talking this AM about the fact that the usual discussions about edge-to-edge comparisons are funny because most of the people on the hill never get on their edges to begin with. So you touch on the fact that for many people the edge to edge thing is meaningless without significant skill development... However, at least under typical conditions here - and those I've seen in the Rockies - that has nothing to so with a 1 or 2 cm difference in waist size. Under those conditions, I believe learning to edge a modern fatter ski is not especially harder or easier than a skinnier ski - there are just some pros and cons to each. At least here, there is no shortage of seriously excellent skiers who can rail, who learned on fat skis - just by following their buddies around...
And BTW - I'm not necessarily advocating "stiff fattish" skis. I think something like an iM88 or a Squad would be a mistake here. However here is a pretty big range of flexes available today. And in the skis I listed. In contrast, a soft (or even moderate) flex fat ski will be vastly easier to use in powder & soft snow than a stiffer and narrower "all mountain" (by the std definition) ski that sinks deep and is a much greater challenge to decamber without going over the bars...