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Never mind the width feel the ski

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This article, however, has one single purpose: to make the point of width being only one factor in what the ski does best. And that width alone can never place the ski in a specific category, but its strengths and weaknesses will.

Only thing I would say is that width in pow clearly makes a difference where as it clearly doesn't on a hard surface where no float is required.

Thinking about there must be a sweet spot for float - I mean clearly you don't want to sink completely but neither do you want to float completely.
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wink never mind the engineering feel the journalism.

Um. I think many people will have worked that out from first principles or from
direct experience already.
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I mean clearly you don't want to sink completely but neither do you want to float completely.

Speak for yourself Very Happy

Floating completely is my objective when I ski in powder. True powder skiing is a 3D experience, where your skis say in the powder layer throughout.

Most refer to powder skiing incorrectly, as they are actually skiing in new snow, but cutting through to the base underneath. Yes, you might leave a nice track in the snow, but until you ski in deep snow with wide skis you haven't experienced true powder skiing (IMHO) Very Happy

As for the article, they make a valid point that 3 apparently similar skis can behave very differently, but I'm not sure that those who would need to know this would be the ones to read it.
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Bit of a pointless article as I'm not sure who it addressed at edumacating other than giving a platform to some sort of god like "I ski everything on my skinny ass skis" boasters.

Waist width is a pretty good indicatior of the intended application of the ski so the other factors are secondary postioners in what you can do with that ski. It is indeed stupid to be locked into a mindset of you can only carve on a ski <X> Y but we'd still say a 110mm ski optimised in all other respects for carving was stupid* or a 75mm ski optimised for powder similarly. unless the skier were at extremes of the size/aggression spectrum.

*There have been big mountain skis that really were like GS skis scaled up for Norse gods like the original Ragnarok or the SuperTurbo but really they should have come with health warning for anyone in the band of "ordinary skier" and the intent was more make the mountain your biatch than carve it up on piste.
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