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Currently ride Faction Prodigy 2.0's, 96mm underfoot. I live in MA (ice coast) and primarily ski areas that dont have an insane amount of snow. I do however have interest in getting a wider ski for the rare powder days and just to see the difference tbh. My question is.. How wide is too wide when most of the time i'll be on "thin" cover off trail in the woods or even just lapping park / groomers? (I do plan to demo some to really feel it but just curious on some opinions/experiences) I guess my question is.. above 110mm a pain to ride if there isnt powder?
it's really subjective of course so yeah, demo if you can
but i think 100ish is good for east coast one-ski quiver, it's skinny enough for everything but wide enough to do soft snow when it happens. you can absolutely use a 110 or even 120 waist ski every day, it will be fine, but it's going to give you more negatives than positives because theyre lousy on hard snow/ice and it will be so damn rare you have days on the east where you are dying for a fat waist
my first thought when i think of the times ive ridden fatties on the east coast is just "it's kinda boring" because they work fine on groomers but it's just that: fine. they're not made to ski groomers effectively or make them fun
again, just my 2 cents. ridden with tons of rippers who have 100+ waist as their daily/only ski on the east