One ski, For Every Day on the Mountain, Any and All Conditions
The One-Ski Quiver is the Holy Grail of the ski world. Practically anybody can make either a really good pow ski or a fantastic carver, but to design a ski that will excel across a whole host of conditions? That’s another thing altogether.
Actually, the One-Ski Quiver is basically a fantasy, one that’s easy to imagine but impossible to achieve. All ski designs result in tradeoffs.
But while the single ski that perfectly handles all conditions doesn’t exist, there are a number of skis that do a number of things well.
So in what follows, we’ll name the skis that, in our view, come closest to the ideal given where and how we ski. There is no best answer to the One-Ski Quiver question, but there are absolutely better or worse answers depending on the tradeoffs you are willing to live with.
We’ve put the question to our reviewers, and hopefully their answers will help you figure out which single ski would make sense for you.
I. What’s your one-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
II. What’s your one-ski quiver for Taos?
III. What’s your one-ski quiver for the Canterbury Club Fields, New Zealand?
IV. What’s your one-ski quiver for skiing around the East Coast?
V. What’s your one-ski quiver for the next 2 years, regardless of location?
VI. What ski was the most difficult to leave off your list?
VII. What ski do you imagine has the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski it, or get to ski it more?
Next: The Selections
• Will Brown