Originally Posted by Finndog
I am sorry you have that impression about wider skis from lurking here. Keep in mind a good percentage of folks here don't ski pow often enough to form an opinion about the subject. But I don't think its really an age thing. I am 45 and love my Icelantic Nomads and HB's. Some Like thinner ski's its all good but whuy not at least try out a pair of wider boards to see if you like them? It's a different feeling just as explained very well by Stormday. I was addicted the first try.
Graphics- yes, how many more hellbents? :) to think k2 re-designed the Obseth to be a liitle tamer to boot!
You might get that impression if you skied at Bachelor. I think the only guy I have seen on a rockered ski that is not a young kid this year is myself. Typical rockered ski skiers I see every day: younger guy gets off of Pine Marten, goes straight down the hill, tips and skis bouncing around: gets going too fast, throws his tails sideways to scrub some speed, then repeat, down to the park. Of course, most of the park kids on regular twin tips ski the same way, so it isn't a rockered ski thing as much as it is most of the park kids spend all day there and don't freeski much. Aside from those that also are in the race program or were at one time, of course: you can always tell those kids apart in a second; as they rip both in and out of the park. The one guy I saw skiing rockered skis on the way to the park (via the bumps) was unfortunately without poles; he was throwing his arms around, trying to get the skis to turn. I assume that rockered skis give you an advantage in the park, as probably 20% of the skiers there are using them. When I go to other mountains, or if we get a big dump, you see many more people on really wide skis, but they don't pull them out unless the snow requires it. Most of the good skiers are on their narrower skis if it isn't snowing much.
If you are interested in performace, It is more about the ski and what it does for the skier, rather than who is skiing it. If you are intersted in image, probably the other way around. My sweetspot is probably around 110mm, but I could go narrower or wider. It depends if I was renting or buying. No, you aren't endangering your health or your legs if you want to ski narrower skis. If that was the case, then nobody would have survived this long; we would all be cripples and out of the sport. Maybe being a bad skier is dangerous to your health, though!