Skis, it turns out, are like beverages.
Sometimes, nothing can beat a cold glass of water. Other times, coffee. Only coffee. And sometimes you just really, really, really could use a beer. Hot chocolate is also nice. And sometimes, the moment calls for orange juice, or wine, or moonshine, or a Dairy Queen Blizzard (those are still a thing, right?).
In short, there are many wonderful beverages out there, and they all have their place. Same with skis.
Because of this, the only thing worse than limiting yourself to a 3-ski quiver is further limiting yourself to a 2-ski quiver.
(Spoiler alert: there is one worse thing, which we’ll talk about next week.)
Settling for a two-ski quiver is like deciding that, for the next year, you will only drink juice, coffee, or alcohol—pick two. Why would you limit yourself like that?
Well, probably for two reasons: (1) skis are more expensive than orange juice and beer, and (2) unlike orange juice and beer, you can’t store skis in refrigerators.
And that is why most of us don’t have dozens of different skis. So I guess we’ll get back to talking about quivers…
Picking a three-ski quiver is tricky and awful, and you’ll notice a fair amount of hand-wringing and second guessing in our three-ski quiver selections.
It’s a bit ironic that, while quivers appear to be about the refusal to compromise, what they really tease out are the compromises that we’re each willing to live with. It’s interesting to get a sense from fellow skiers of what “skiing” is to them, and thanks to all of you who wrote in to contribute your own thoughts on the matter.
When narrowing it down to two skis to do everything, a wide range of factors still come into play: your skiing style; the snow quantity and snow quality (heavier/wetter vs. lighter/drier) of the area you typically ski; the sort of terrain you ski most (tight trees? groomers? big faces?); and whether you travel much to ski elsewhere.
So, once again, we’ve asked our reviewers some quiver questions, to let you see how they chop up these issues. And once again, we’re interested to hear how you do, too.
I. What’s your two-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
II. What’s your two-ski quiver for Taos?
III. What’s your two-ski quiver for the Canterbury Club Fields?
IV. What’s your two-ski quiver for skiing around the east coast?
V. What’s your two-ski quiver for the next 2 years, regardless of location?
VI. What ski was 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?
VIII. If you had to choose a single brand from which to build your 2-ski quiver, which company would you pick?
• Jonathan Ellsworth