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The Wisdom of Saucer Boy

The Wisdom of Saucer Boy
Shane McConkey, ski designer
From the vaults: “Brain Floss”—Shane McConkey’s original ponderings on powder-ski design

We were digging through old catalogs the other day, doing background research for a January feature on powder skis when we came across this. “Brain Floss” is the late, great Shane McConkey’s musings on what makes a great powder ski. It was released in December of 2002, when the first few models of his innovative Machete Spatula were rolling out of the Volant factory in Wheat Ridge, Colo.  Obviously, a ski as radical as the Spatula—reverse sidecut, reverse camber, and just plain huge, at 125 mm in the waist—needed to be explained.

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Deep-six the midfats. Once you've floated on the luxury cruise liners that are today's powder skis, there's no turning back.

Published: September 2003

A bit optimistic of you, isn't it, buying a powder ski? There are skiers who won't buy snowblowers, afraid that the moment they do, they won't see a flake for months. Youcould jinx us all. But you're not the superstitious type, and now that you've had a taste of skimming over powder on your midfats, rather than struggling through it, you're ready for the full-on toboggan.

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