I saw another Joe Cutts article this morning from a recent Ski magazine (and I know, it's dubious, I know), but it talked about the perfect "three-ski" quiver and it seemed to be geared toward Eastern readers. Once again, there was an oft-repeated presumption in the article that the main reason for going wide was for trips out West, but for your "Eastern skis," you'd want narrower carvers.
Clearly, my initial question is totally understandable based on the kinds of assumptions one runs into in the ski media (and probably to a lesser extent on Epic). I have never heard of someone talk about buying a fat ski unless somewhere there is some small mention at least of "that trip out West."
As of now, I'm personally torn between many possibilities:
- GS race ski -- fun, cheap, hard to use, but useful around here. A great investment that can always be pulled out.
- Narrower detuned GS-style ski like Fischer RX9 -- some values out there, easy entry into world of long, speedy arcs. Fairly versatile, but perhaps not best for slush or crud. Seems hard to go wrong here.
- Midfat carver hybrid - way easier, still fun most of the time, still pretty useful, but would lose some icy-grip and stability of GS ski.
- Wide, soft ski - sounds like a hell of a lot of fun for certain days, but would require real athleticism on dominating icy hardpack around here. Overall, if I had the extra money or lived way north, I would consider more seriously, but they're more of a luxury.
- Stiff brute force crud buster, ie, 04-06 Head Monsters. Sounds fun, but perhaps not as useful for slushy and (yes) rainy days where some flex would help. Carves well, fun for GS-style turns.