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Just how short and shaped will skis get?

posted: 07/25/2005

Don't know about you, but Flake feels that eventually they'll be producing as many shapes as a pasta maker: "Hey, check out the farfalle sidecut on that baby! "Damn, it's a powder day and the only skis I brought are tagliatelles! Where are my lasagnas when I need 'em? Actually, it's hard to imagine skis getting too much shorter or more deeply sidecut. In North America, anyway, we've already seen diminishing enthusiasm for the whippy little Euro-carver turn, which is what spurred a lot of the short-and-curvies in the first place. (We're hoping Euros will move back toward mid-fats, too, sparing everyone the hideous sight of adults skiing without poles.) As a final warning to manufacturers thinking "short, shorter, shortest, Flake invokes the snowler-blade or whatever those mini-ski horrors are called. Real skiers revile them, and always will. Performance skiing requires stability and surface area underfoot—any ski that forces you to walk down on a powder day is too short.

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