I have had skis that I thought had absolutely no edge grip actually turn out to have tenacious grip just by simply changing my mount position on them. Skis that were acting crazy and squirrel-ly have become rock stable and dependable. All this from a mere 10mm change (sometimes only 5mm).
I am not directly advocating Ball of Foot (BoF) positioning methodology (but of course many of you have seen all my posts on the subject), just advising the fact that getting yourself into the right position on the ski is EVERYTHING. Note that there are many variables that go into determining where the best position is for any individual skier and the key really is that it's an individual preference. What's good for Joe isn't necessarily going to be good for John.
I am now thoroughly convinced that my ski demos are so inescapably linked to the mount position that I'm at a loss as to how to handle those situations now. I need to come up with a way to quickly and fairly estimate my position on any ski when I cannot take the time to measure for the CRS (center of running surface) and where my BoF is landing. I'm definitely open to ideas on this one.
We need more binding manufacturers to embrace the idea that fore/aft adjustments should be standard features. Make the adjustments simple to do without any tools required. Give us multiple positions (hopefully in at least 5mm increments). The ski manufacturers need to back off on the idea that there is one mount position on a ski that is suitable for all skiers - no matter what the skier morphology. The ski magazines need to report on this issue and improve skier awareness.
I want everyone to be able to find the sweet spot on any pair of skis and unfortunately with the current state of affairs it requires a lot of hit-or-miss trials to get there.