Originally Posted by mudfoot
I understand your argument, but it could just as easily work to oppose the torsional characteristics built into the ski.
Tough sentence. I understand your meaning, but not 100% on board.
|In deeper snow the tails will twist some, which can be advantageous and keep your skis from feeling planky.
Yes, that's true.
|The softer the snow the less the twist.
I would say 'the less dense the snow, the less the twist is localized to near the tips and tails by the ski geometry (length, width, and sidecut)'.
We're assuming similar turn shape after all, so we need approximately the same snow reaction force (force of snow on ski) in both the light and dense cases.
The experiment I propose involves a wooden coffee stirrer, a pair of wide-jaw pliers and a pair of needlenose pliers.
Hold one end of the coffee stirrer with the wide jaw pliers. Twist the other end with thumb and forefinger. Repeat with needlenose.
Do you feel the difference in the plier hand?
Now put on a thick mitt on the non-plier hand. Repeat the test. Do you feel the difference in the plier hand?
It is easy for me to agree that ski construction and design is going to have a huge effect on anything we do. Indeed, I suggest that it has such a large effect that we have not had much reason to think about anything else, until now.