Obviously I have been fixated on skiing this spring.
For all the skiers out there riddle me this?
Skiing steeps in a controlled manner with jump turns or pedal hop turns you will generally end up side slipping some or a lot depending on snow conditions.
One of the reasons most want a stable ski there that isn't wildly side cut. And more importantly I suspect most everyone will want a "balanced" ski mount. By that I mean a ski that you can stand on in a balanced ski position and side slip with good/great edge control and not have the ski go back- ward or forward but simply straight down the fall line with very little or zero effort.
Sure, good skiers can over come a poorly mounted ski. Either mounted too far forward (stand up or if bad enough sit back) or too far back (lean forward or get on the front of your boots) and recover on every turn to a position that makes the ski neutral.
Might even be skiers out there that never use the ski in that manner or simply don't care because they have other priorities on their own mounts. Landing BIG air might be a reason for a forward mount and more ski behind you. I don't know the answer on that one, just guessing by some of the skis I have seen intended for such antics.
In this instance I am talking off piste, steep skiing. But suspect at least for me, all this transfers to every snow condition and every ski I want to use. But, I am firmly convinced that many skis make it or break it in retail sales and reviews because the damn mid sole mounting marks are off. Some times way off.
Sometimes the answers can be a lot more simple than one might first suspect.
Add in the additional ramp angle of some bindings and or the boots you are using and things can get "sideways" pretty damn fast. May be things are never really all that simple? Care to comment?