At RAMP, our entire crew has been completely immersed in demoing skis and snowboards to people at resorts and from our warehouse here in Park City. Overall, this has gone very well and we have exceeded our first three month sales plan as a result.
Nearly everyone who tries our wider skis like the Peacepipe, Groundhog and Beaver love them as they are so solid on all snow surfaces and amazingly versatile. Some people who are used to narrower front-side skis want to try something wider, like the 90mm Woodpecker or Chickadee. Most of the time this goes very well because they get the frontside performance they want with more fun when the snow gets variable. Some, however, don't like the ski as they aren't used to what it takes to tip a wider ski over on edge. Narrow skis are easy to tip, it takes almost no effort. The wider the ski, the more leverage you need. Once you get used to tipping a wider ski over it's like a revelation, you can carve turns and not get bounced around or deflected by cut up, variable surfaces. Wider skis smooth things out.
Snowboarders have know this for a long time. A great snowboard is great in every kind of snow. Boards like the Tumbleweed with a flat, zero camber mid body and rocker tip and tail can go anywhere at any speed. Just about every person who has demoed this board and the slightly softer Prickly Pear and Sagebrush have been blown away.
We still have a solid month of demos at resorts and our warehouse so check out the schedule on our site or come by. Do yourself a favor and try the newest ride.
President and C.E.Snow