Groomers get cut up really quickly and I'm loving my 2023 Kendo 88s as the are unflappable on trail unlike a GS/frontside ski that gets deflected in the piles, chickenheads, chalk.... Plus a 80 ish ski minus a plate can be manipulated and shaped at lower speed (close down the radius & hip drag) instead of having to go 60mph to get the same effects.
Makes sense and would definitely agree extra width plus length with taper help with crud.
I was sort of coming at it from the perspective of that thread about tighter vs. longer radius all mountain skis. I believe someone (it was you actually on further review?) mentioned taper as increasing versatility or something similar with wider tip shaped skis. It got me thinking about why I don’t love extra taper as a design feature generally (ex: DPS Wailer), even if the somewhat modest amounts present on the Mantra line are well implemented, and the trade offs this might present vs. going straighter with a narrower widest tip point.
It seemed to me the nice things about longer skis with taper vs. shorter skis without it were most relevant for dealing with stuff like crud piles and it sounds like we agree.