Historically, NO ONE SKIED POW BEFORE THE ATOMIC FATS OF 20 YEARS AGO. Really. - 'Tis the truth. And then came fat skis with a 40mm side-cut, et Voila' !
GS IN THE POW POW.
The deal with 'race skis' is physics. SL and GS skis are torsionaly (sp?) rigid. They do not twist. They have an even flex tip to tail and thus a smooth arc. THEY DO NOT SKID. This means that when you drag your wallet in the snow on edge angles of 75-85 degrees, they generate a huge g-force that rips up through your stacked skeleton and threatens to crush you. But of course you do not crush easily - you re-direct this juice into the new turn with no deceleration what-so-ever: 45mph aiming for the trees at the edge of the run.
Now, the closer these massive g's are to the center of your skeleton - the middle of your foot and tibia - the ankle- the easier it is to deal with them. This is how to buy an ice skate - blade aligned so that it feels balanced with out effort.The wider a ski is the more this suspension is out of alignment and the harder it is to ski at ski-race levels of speed and g's. This is why there are no W/Cuppers on FATS. That's why race skis have about 65-69mm waists - whatever the FIS rules are now...
Fats are useful but are a compromise for bad technique and those who skid, or a necessary evil in the thigh deep or shmoo where float and looseness are needed. Sure you can go fast , but if you do hook-up the g-forces are not aligned properly. Also, here on the wet-coast, half of the run is on lumpy groomers or smooth groomers after the alpine blast is over. Phaough! to those on rockers and spats: on the groomers, it must feel like a bent mistake about 50cm long.
If YOU want a real gas - get on the GS boards in the KNEE-deep where the mix of a MotoGP hook-up and a 20 year old Scotch meet.
Edited by g-force - 5/25/10 at 4:59pm