I can agree with that! But I think there's bit of a knee-jerk response to the whole length/width arguments that tend to crop up around here. Where people ski here vs. TGR for instance is part of the problem. (BC, pow, off-piste, trees) But there really are a lot of misunderstandings of how new designs realy ski and handle. There are many here that can ski on barell staves and look good but the new design's offer a different feeling and experience than what can be experienced on traditional skis (especially narrower) and that's what we like, It's not about perfect technique its about the experience and feeling. Many of the new designs break the traditonal performance patterns and run counter to many's thinking of how the ski would or will perform, To make matters worse, as a whole (entire population) there are few skiers who rarely get more than one or two pow days (even 6") so their relative experience is extremely limited, let alone providing them the opportunity to try more than 1 ot 2 different skis.
Finn -- My wife says I'm the master of the obvious. Of course my statement was broad; I was refuting an absolute statement that longer is always better. I didn't say we can never say anything or ever give any advice to anyone. Every model/size of ski, like all other sports equipment, incorporates dozens of design decisions, each of which effects various performance characteristics. We can make intelligent statements about the trade-offs in performance (a head-heavy tennis racket increases power, but maybe at the expense of finesse), but absolute statements (a heavier racket is always better) add nothing. Absolute statements have teeth, but they are false teeth.
Eci -- You said my argument is flawed, but you mischaracterized what I said. I never said that a long ski cannot be nimble. My argument is that, after some point, moving up to the next increment of length will decrease other performance characteristics, such as nimbleness. Those diminishing characteristics might not matter as much to some skiers, but might matter more to other skiers. And the trade-off might be less --or might start to take place at a relatively longer length -- for rockered skis compared to cambered skis, but the trade-off is still there.