Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
really? so what can true old school straight skis do better then? the issue isnt the ski is that people learn to park and ride and tend to ski back seat. its not the ski but how people choose to ski them.
There's only one thing I miss from the era of straight skis: the "pop" you could get by loading up an edge on an old-school 200 cm slalom race ski. You couldn't get that kind of energy out unless you really loaded up the downhill edge, but if you were strong enough to do it, and to handle the results, it was fun. Yeah, yeah, I know, skidding, scraping, wasted energy, blah blah blah, whatever... If you knew how to load and unload a downhill edge and were strong enough to do it, it was fun. Carving is fun too, but its a different experience.
You're right though that, for most people, it's less about the ski and more about the technique. Of course, you can still ski a shpaed ski like a straight ski if you want, but, with their shorter lengths and deeper sidecuts, you don't get the same "show 'em who's boss" feeling you could get from driving straight skis hard. For most people, that's a benefit of the modern stuff, not a drawback. But it can be fun too sometimes, and it is something that I think straight skis did better.