Originally Posted by steveb
Sitting having a coffee (no snow yet) and reading some reviews today. When reviewers use the terms heavier skier - what is a heavier skier? What would the mid point for a male skier be and what would the low and high ranges be? Or a female skier for that mater. What do the ski companies use as a definition?
Same for soft snow vs hard snow, finesse vs aggressive? What I would call soft snow here in Ontario might be referred to as
hard somewhere else (even Ontario vs Quebec or Eastern NY or the US northeast) depend upon your definition of hard.
Is there some commonly agreed upon definitions?
Thanks for reading
Good question! I always try to identify: 1) my size and skill level 2) exactly what conditions I tested in; if possible, what runs.
I would consider hard snow either manmade, early morning spring snow that has yet to thaw, or rained-on ice. Most Western groomers are just that, and don't qualify as "hard". Firm, perhaps.
Heavy skier: Not me! Probably close to 200lbs or over.
Finesse skier: more of a lighter touch, balance, vs. aggressive (big Austrian dude that can squat 450). Then again, any good skier or ex-racer probably has more than average power in their legs and can ski with power at times: it is required. I often think of "finesse skiing" in the review sense as less dynamic: the guy pivoting his way down the hill, not moving his feet much, not moving fluidly. Most good skiers are going to be dynamic in their turns.
Mags leave this stuff as vague as possible, which is probably why most of the "reviews" are more than paid ads for the company running the big full-page spread somewhere else in the mag. The exception being that freebee magazine that has the actual ratings and who it is recommended for.