The recent posts about homemade custom skis got me thinking about what I would want if I were to afford one. I was trying to think about what the perfect ski would be for skiing east coast trees. They will have to handle snow ranging from 1 1/2 foot of fluff to breakable crust to unbreakable crust to heavy, choppy crud. They will have to ski firm bumps well. I was thinking 90 ish waist to handle the deeper days, and lots of sidecut to help get 'em around quick when things get tight. (But not so much that they are hooky, not schmearable, or tough to slide in the bumps.) If you have never skied them, the trees around here get really, really tight and it is important to be able to get these around quickly. I'm 5'7 155, so I was thinking a 175 might be a nice length. I want a very slightly up-turned tail, but nothing close to a true twin. I want it soft enough to bend around the bumps that inevidably form in the woods, yet stiff enough that it won't feel unstable while straightlining the run-outs back to the lifts. I dont think I want any metal in it to keep it light, but I'm not sure. I was thinking something like 130 90 110 might be an interesting shape, but I dunno... I just picked those numbers out of the air... does that sound like the dimensions of a ski that already exists? According to Physics Man's Radius Calculator this would give it just under a 20m radius. What do you think? Build me the perfect ski...
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10/8/08 at 7:35pm