I have noticed this past season more and more skiers are going to Fat Skies. It seems that over the past few years what makes a Mid fat ski and a Fat powder ski has changed. At one time an all Mountain mid fat would be something along the line of a 68 to 74 mm waist ski with 74 pushing the limits of mid fat. Now you hear people calling a ski like the R:ex with 82 mm underfoot a wide midfat ski. Now I have nothing againest adding a wide Powder ski to the quiver. They are a blast on those special days. What I don't get is why so many skiers are now useing a fat ski as thier all in one quiver ski or as an everyday ski? My personal opinion is that those wide skis are justy to limiting to really be an everyday ski. Sure many of them are better on groomed then the wide skis of a few years ago. Still,they are not all that great on groomed runs. Some will tell you that they make better crud busters. Well one of the best crud busting skis I have ever been on is the Atomic 11:20. Now when it comes to mogules Fat skis are just out of thier element all together. Yes you can make them proform in bumps but it is work. Yes a fat ski is great for powder and they are good crud busters but how many days do you really have those conditions? At most big resorts the Powder is skied out in a day. If your lucky your Mountain is in a storm cycle so you may get a few powder days in a week or so. a day after a Powder day you are looking for that hiden stass of Pow or more likly your skiing crud. Day three it's crud to bumps,Day four it's Bumps or hard packed groomed. So how many ski days will those wider rides really come into thier own? Are ski companies only selling us skis that we think we need? Would most skiers be better off with a midfat of say a ski of 68 to maybe 74 mm waist? Can a ski fatter then 74mm be a one ski quiver?
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4/10/03 at 10:31am