It's just barely possible that one could over-think or try to over-quantify what I mean by medium. In fact, the appreciation that I personally have for this ski specifically and this class of ski in general is not something that I would even try to put numbers to. Rather..........the beauty of medium is the exact opposite of specificity and pigeonholing, it is "feel and generality" BTW......medium does not mean "intermediate" or "lower performance" (hence not worthy of "our" interest) I mean after all.....that wouldn't be good enough for us......right?
Turn Radius.........I don't care at all
Waist width.........I only care a little
Dimensions.........Don't care at all
Metal or not........Care even less
So why is medium so great and what is it about the feel? Medium is the great denominator of terrain flexibility. (Huh??) OK.......it's easy as pie to make a 94 ish wide ski that holds on ice, make it stiff enough in torsion and overall and give it fair bit of camber and there ya go. If you do it correctly, you can even build in a fair bit of dampening. So ya think this makes a good all terrain/all conditions ski?.......not even close. Why not? you axe. That stiff ski will not flex without significant weight, muscle or speed. Hence in softer, less consolidated conditions it doesn't turn readily or hangs onto the turn right when you need to break it off the most. (like when a tree leaps into your path) Also that stiff ski tends to drop kick you into next week when you make a mistake in bumpish terrain or right at that spot where you have to make that turn....right there. Medium skis tend to blend it all together smoothly and without excess drama. In "Hangman's" at Mammoth it grips well enough on the firm, chalky, bumps down to the choke point. Then when you hit that choke point, the medium ski allows you to make snakey slithery turns through that tight spot without fighting too much grip. Then, below when it opens out, you can crank the speed a little (or a lot) down through the powder or wind packed crud that inevitably hangs out down there. When you hit the track back down to G-1 you can lay that ski out in medium to longish turns and make your eyes water though your goggles. The medium ski makes it easier on you to ski that run well and for my tastes, no less exciting.
That's what medium is to me............the great equalizer and the great enabler.
Now......of course if you're so damn good that this all sounds too easy.....welllbyallmeans.....stiff skis are for you and your ego too.