Here is my own rant on the topics that have surfaced in this thread.
Boy, this string has taken a lot of dips and turns since it started. To get back to the original "rant" ...
Ski Clothing like all other fashion has changed significantly over the past few years. I'm not a fan of the "new" style of clothing. Unfortunately, a lot of the change has been driven by the change in (so called) music the younger generation is listening to. Many of the current "ski fashions" resemble the clothing that is worn by "RAP" stars.
That is not the only problem with the clothing, especially ski clothing for women. I am a larger woman, I will be honest, I could use to lose a few (more) pounds, but there is nothing out there in a woman's size that even comes close to fitting me. A woman's XL in ski clothing is about the equivalent of a women's 10-12 in all other clothing. My niece who wears a woman's 10 needed to get an XL in both the ski pants and the coat. She tried on almost everything in the local ski shops, so I know this to be true. They just don't make ski clothing for woment larger than that. They definately do not make it for women with a fuller figure. In fact, it's very difficult to find any stylish fashions in sizes 14 or larger.
Which brings me to another point,
|As long as obesity continues its drive to become the country's leading public health problem, active sports (like skiing) are going to be confined to a progressively more slender faction of the population. Something like 25% of the population is morbidly obese and doesn't belong on skis (for fashion reasons as well as health reasons--and there may be a reason for the popularity of baggy clothes).
I know many excellent skiers who are larger. Not all large people are "couch potatoes", some are very active. I fight with my weight constantly, and not because I am a couch potato. I ski, swim, ride bike, walk, hike and am generally a very active person. I have fought weight from a very young age. It's not what I eat or when I eat and it's not a lack of exercise. A few years back I was so desperate to lose weight that I limited myself to only one meal per day (usually a salad or yougurt and fruit). You guessed it, I gained weight. My body thought it was starving and stored everything it took in. This "behavior" also caused me to go on an ocassional binge. Now I am eating right, following the American Diabetes Association guidelines, since that runs in my family and I am eating about 5 times as much food as I was and loosing weight. I have had many people tell me how graceful I am on my skis and what a joy I am to watch, be it only at the little areas in Central MA, but they have said it.
As for the question on stance, there is a very good reason for the widening of the stance. It provides a more stable base. I personally, can ski both ways. I frequently use a wider stance on steeper terrain.
Skiing hasn't changed because people have become lazy. Like anything else, it goes through phases. It will increase in popularity again. Remember the bright Neon colors of the 80's, the GLM Short ski method of the late 60's and early 70's, and mono skis.
Ok, I've said enough!