|I also think that edge hold is more about how sharp your edges are than anything. I use ANTs as my really hard snow ski, and I almost never want something narrower. True, there are maybe a couple horribly nasty icy days a year that a race ski would be great, but I really don't see the need to buy a special ski for the couple WORST days a year. I will buy special pow skis for the few BEST days a year, but the days when I want something narrower than the ANTs are going to be mediocre no matter what I'm skiing.|
I agree, too, that it's better to buy skis with a best-case scenario in mind (eg, powder, for most of us). As I said above, I'd personally rather just have fat skis than race skis alone.
Still, I skied a good part of one season with nothing but a pair of 155 cm slalom skis, and they were fine in powder. In fact, if I had to be honest with myself, I'd say those skis gave me an easier time in deep snow than any of my fatter boards do on hardpack.
But I don't want to be honest in that way. As a powder fanatic, I have to have the right ski on the BIG day. I'm happy to have a good ski for ice too, but whatever.