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post #61 of 63
[quote=dookey67;749207]"suddenly everyone has gone from wanting to rail arcs in the snow to this smear/skid crap. come'on....... it's just poor form excused by gear"

From the "Mental Floss" by Shane McConkey:

"In virtually all situations you will still be able to carve your turns. The Spatulas simply give you the option to initiate a slide or to scrub speed by sliding similar to how you would do it on the groomer."

Remember...water skiers carve their turns on reverse cambered, reverse sidecut skis all the time. The new shapes are made for soft snow...whether carve or not is all up to the skier in charge!

(more on he subject: http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/a...p?t-40382.html)
post #62 of 63
You've got your fat skis. It's icy. You've got a pair of race SL's at home. You wish you'd brought them today. Or flip it. All (good) skis are good. Choosing the right one for the right day is the test (at least if the parking lot is as far away as it is where I ski!).
post #63 of 63
Hmm, its the industry wanting to sell new skis.

I still love a good powder day or spring snow going down 50° plus chutes, sometimes combining it with climbing and ever so often going down faces where being secured with a rope from top is a wise idea. I did this 5 years ago too when me with a few friends were pretty lonely doing that. Now more and more people get into steep off-piste skiing or boarding. However iff its off-piste its snowboard for me. Skis bore me off-piste and don't give me the same confidence. Especially when sideslipping some really steep, rock - ice sections where I see no way how to do it on skis (yes it could be doable but not for me.

Carving is as nice though. Proper places to carve are however harder to find then a good steep face or awesome powder. I travel 2 days to get to the best slopes for carving, when hardcore freeriding is just 50 minutes from my door. Carving down a 40° wide slope (well there aren't many at all) is just true madness. Be it on skis or best on an extremecarving snowboard (Swoard).

Best is allways to have different skis and snowboards available. I never ever leave my house with less than 3 tools, sometimes I travel to the mountain with more than 5 skis/snowboards and at least 3 pairs of boots (soft/hard snowboard, ski boots).

Best is to carve empty slopes in the early morning, then maybe change to a bit off-piste riding, hit some slalom/Gs gates by midday and then in the afternoon go for a good hike to fetch some real steep backcountry faces and chutes. If you arrive early, you park beneath the lift so multiple equips are no prob.

And when the backcountry is tracked out - there's mostly nice icy slopes to be found easily. The icyer it gets, the more fun to carve. It's not a either or but doing both carving and off-piste gets you more possibilities to spend time in the snow
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