In the Gear Review thread on Watea 101's, Holiday brought up an interesting point about how he prefers both a 94 and a 100 Watea, depending. This got me to think about overlap (we tend to warn against) or spread (desirable). Not how the folks over at TGR think about it, they routinely talk about owning 4 or 5 skis over 100 mm. Could they actually be right?
Now I always assume, like most here, that minimum basic quiver is a 70 something frontside carver and a 105 and up backside powder ski. But when I was in Telluride last month, found myself really milking one ski I had (my 88 mm) but wishing for another just a little lighter and softer I didn't have (something in the high 90's to low 100's) for a couple of the 7 days. What I did have as a second ski, a rockered 112 mm, was fun, but basically wasted in the max 6-8" of fresh we had to work with even after hiking. OTOH back in NE, I ski a 66 waist 85 to 90% of the time. Fact, I know guys in the NE who think a two ski quiver should be a 66 mm WC and a 79 mm all mountain.
So I'm proposing that the whole idea of a "quiver" doesn't reflect what most skiing is like most days we ski. Maybe we should be thinking about several skis in the range we mostly use to ski (say 85 to 100, or 70 to 85, or 100-115) that differ in flex or sidecut or weight, so that they'll really fit conditions we ski in. And lose the assumption about spreading to cover all possible niches for all possible snow conditions...Or the endless arguments about whether narrow skis or fats are better for everything.