Are you suggesting he use a 3 degree base bevel? That's really squirrely.
Big Rich - there was another thread a while back with some illustrations [url]http://www.newschoolers.com/NS2/Forums/ReadThread.php?cat_id=8&thread_id=79573
[/url]. Basically, the more acute you make the side/base angle (e.g. 88 degrees instead of 90) the better it is on ice/hardpack. A really high base bevel as suggested above means you have to tip the ski over farther in order to engage the edge. (i.e. it will be slower edge-to-edge and you have to exaggerate your movement).
Demo days allow all skiers to try different skis to find out which ones reward their brand of poor technique.
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