Originally Posted by spindrift
This comment quoted above is the sort of backward looking statement that truly depresses me about ski land. Especially when coming from people who can claim industry credibility. What is it that you and some others do not get about the evolving "skill" set that is appropriate for progressive/modern ski designs?
These "people who claim industry credibility" are more than likely ex-racers, coaches, high-level instructors, ski designers, sought-after ski testers, and very, very good skiers in general. They can rip up any terrain, on any ski, and make nearly anyone here look like a fool. They have access to any ski, and probably own a set of really wide skis or rockers for those days they are useful. They are expert skiers in real life, instead of just playing one on an internet forum.
What is ironic about your statement is that we, the shop owners/industry folk/ski reps, stand to gain financially if we hype rockers at the "next big thing". I could try and "sell the story" to every customer that walked in here. But, for the large majority of them, I would be doing them a dis-service, and probably lose them as a customer when they found out that bouncing around on a ski with 4 feet of edge is not all that great when it isn't dumping. Sure, they go straight fine: there isn't much skill involved in going straight.
Edited by dawgcatching - 2/17/2009 at 04:28 am