ReflectionsReflections from a Minnesota Skier.
1. Very interesting post. I am a MN skier who gets to the mountains once or twice a year. Yet have been intrieged by and trying to understand the wide ski trend, thus I am being educated by reading this and other posts.
2. My powder experience has been limited, however about 6 years ago I skied "face shot" powder at Red Lodge MT (a most unlikely place for a perfedt light 5 ft of it). I was on traditional Slalmon 3S's and had a great time. I loved the in the lap, in the face, 3D type soft floating experiene. These skis also did just fine for other less deep powder. That made me wonder "why" for the fats.
My buddy says fats "make 2 ft of powder ski like 2 inches and 2 inches ski like 2 ft" and I wondered why anyone would want to have that.
3. But, I went with the trend and got some Explosives for trips out west. I used them last year at Crystal Mt in WA. and I was glad I had them. The heavy deep would have been impossible for my thinner skis. Maybe a ski with a softer tip would have been even better.
Then on to Utah during a storm cycle. It seemed I was skiing the left over powder buy the locals looking for the virgin at Snowbird. Again, I am guessing they worked better as I looked for and turned in the poweder patches between the tracks of others.
4. My limited experiences seems to tell me that both long and thin or medium and fat will work in perfect powder, however as the snow gets less than perfect, the fats start to shine.
5. PS. I do use them in Minnesota when we get 6+ inches, they do seem to make the snow feel deeper.