Originally Posted by moguljunkie
epic, what do you see as the advantages of using a relatively fat ski (other than the Top Fuel) in those conditions? I'm generally not core enough to be out when the conditions get like that, but I would think the edge grip of a narrower ski would be pretty important.
The way I see it, the narrower ski will probably have better grip when arcing at high speeds on icy cruiser trails or in the race course (and this is of course with construction being equal, which it wouldn't be). The fat ski will have nearly as much grip at slower speeds on these "adventure trails". If I can do hop turns down the ice bubble on the headwall of National with a pair of wornout Pocket Rockets how much more edge grip do I need.
I have a pretty big quiver of skis, and I never take out the slalom skis for the trail we are talkin about here. Partly because I don't want to mutilate them, but also because there are better skis for the job. If my Top Fuels were in better shape, they's probably be my first choice. Here's where I'd rank my quiver for this:
VIST X-Free would probably be here if I trusted the bindings
Nordica Enforcer (which has great edge grip arcing on groomers, btw)
Dynastar Contact 11
Dynastar Omeglass 64 (but I'd rather be on just about anything else)
Rossignol 9X (I'd just ski somewhere else)