To say that Fats carve 'good' is about the same as doing dirt on your Moto GP bike.
Sure you might be able to make it around but can you really drag your knee on Knobbies on pavement at similar speeds ? There is no way a soft boot SB can rail like a hard boot carving board - nor a Fat rail like a GS board on hard or ice.
CTK : Don't confuse your tools. I thought this was about most people not giving a rat's ass about carving - that is to say 'good' skiing.
I was a bad instructor 'cause I thought it had something to do with real skiing - and sadly you are right about instructors' dismal skiing. But now I am just a good skier who is hip enough to like the Volkl RMT, and that new Rossi 98 etc. They don't twist - so they are not average and this gives me hope for wider skis. I doubt they slarve as well as an S7.
But they don't ski a hard groomer as well as that Blizzz. G-Pwr 6.8 or Fisch. RC Pro. because they are 20mm wider.
I am also hip enough to know that when you take your average Fat and trap it between your feet/ankles and twist the tip - IT TWISTS. Narrow GS/sl/carvers Don't.
This torsional softness is a hallmark of an intermediate ski and this lack of edge grip is important for skiers who have to skid around instead of carve because they can't handle the bite... or don't need the bite because they are meant for soft snow. Torsional stiffness is also why GS skis are hazardous in crusty off-pistes and why the high-side is waiting if you screw up.
Fat skiers think that old soft-pack or compressed snow is the same as ice.
This is 2010 I am talking about - not the 90's CTK -and I hope you get to try a 70mm race-carver and a 65mm GS and Sl. ... FISCHER RC PRO or Blizzard 6.8 or 7.2...
By the way - when I watch the W/C dudes on the 21Meter skis from 2006-7-8 , they ski cleaner and drag their wallets more often than 2010 on the 27 meter skis and there is not half the spray blinding the cameras. Can't wait for next year on the 35meter skis... Like Bode said - we're going backwards and anyone with an off the rack civilian ski will beat us.
Don't know where you ski Ghost - but during the odd drought here at Whistler, when the off-piste is old, stale lumps ( and you can't fall-here ) ... Rippin' 60 kilometers of groomers and 10,000 meters of vert on GS or SL's and only doubling a run for reconnaissance is a pretty good day. Hah! They groom Peak to Creek and that's good for 5,000 vert feet and that's good for at least a repeat. Especially when you ski thru the rain-crust line in Khybers.