Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Aren't those two statements a little contradictory in several ways?
Oops - almost forgot... SL skis and fat skis suck. All-mountain skis are the way to go.
Perhaps. As I mentioned, alpine skiing was getting a little
boring on my "home mound". I gradually transitioned to Telemark bindings to make it more interesting. Switching from straight skis to carving skis would have probably cured the boredom just as well, but carvers were not available at that time. By the time carving skis came around, I had already completed the transformation to nordic downhill.
I have a friend who still alpines exclusively and he said he probably would have quit skiing if shaped skis hadn't been developed. Now he skis the local mounds on SL boards and is enjoying skiing more than ever.
As far as skiing everything on one pair of skis, probably only the very poor do that anymore. Skiers in remote parts of India and China, for instance, surely no one in the developed world is so severely impoverished to have only one pair of skis!