post #61 of 72
9/16/08 at 8:13am
This and what follows is an obscenity that should have been deleted by the moderator. Facts and figures will just cloud your mind. Epic's official stance on this: "No quiver is ever large enough." Suggest you PM Trekchick for immediate counseling.
Absolutely super to both of you.
My tongue is getting really CHEWED UP with all the biting I'm doing these days refraining from guffawing at the concept that MOST powder skiing that people do at ski resorts these days requires skis of over 75mm in width.
Even at the Valhalla of powder skiing... Alta... how many days of an average ski season do you see more than 12" of new snow every day? How many days at the REST of United States ski resorts do you see more than 8" or so of new snow? Do you really mean to tell me that "normal" powder skiing at most US ski resorts requires skis that are almost TWICE as wide as what we used to ski on (at the SAME resorts) twenty years ago?
How long does untracked powder (or even good crud!!!!) last inbounds at most US ski resorts these days? Two hours? Four at the most?
I'm sorry, but I believe that anyone who feels a 100mm-or-more-waist ski is good for daily on-piste skiing just HAS NOT FELT or DOES NOT KNOW how much better a narrow-waisted ski performs on-piste.
There. I said it.
I freely admit that I'm old-school. All you new-schoolers can now return to your belief that wide skis perform well on MOST of the in-resort conditions you see on a day-to-day basis inside a ski resort.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to write my annual rant about the trend toward wider and wider (and wider) skis. The idea of a ski with a 140cm width (or more!) just makes me smirk. This CAN'T be serious.
You should make this rant at Mt Baker. Not only make the rant go up there and log 100 days and see how many of them you spend on groomers. You do realize that Powder can be found at most any resort days after the storm right?
So I ski mostly in the northeast (VT, NY) with 1 week long trip out west a year.
Given my eastern skiing tendency, naturally I have a stiff set of carver skis, 168 Volkl Allstars, which just ROCK on hard pack.
This year I'm going to get more time (about 11 full days of skiing) in Colorado and Utah and I'm starting to ask myself if wider skis will improve my off piste powder experience?
So should I be looking to rent wider skis on snowy days? How wide should I go while still maintaining some on piste capability?
I still have a blast in the powder with my "narrow" 70mm waisted skis and love the fact that I can jump on the groomer and aggresively carve. What should I look to try for fun this winter, for powder skiing purposes?