Remember, we're talking about quick fixes in beer league racing, not figuring out how to ski fast in a 45 gate course with combinations on a steep, icy hill. Wax won't make all that much difference, but it will make some difference, just as a speed suit will (4 to 6%). If you have flushes and delays in SL, forget what I said about long poles. In fact, if your poles are too long, this alone could be holding you back (can make you stand up too straight). Just get a good start.
Gear is really important, starting with boots. If you're not fitted, and in the right boot, set up for your anatomy, doesn't matter what skis you're on. 165 cm. FIS legal is pretty much the only choice if you want to ski well in SL. Your wife's skis may help some in the short run, but, as I suspected, it's mostly technique. You already know what the issues are...standing up too straight, not getting enough edge angle (and pressure, I suspect) early enough, making you skid, and probably making you low and late. So there it is...you want to get faster, become a better skier...outside the course, and then bring it into the course. You need to train, under a good coach, 2 to 4 days a week. This is a 2 to 5 year project, but it's worth it. Remember that GS is the key to all the other events. Go find some opportunities to train fast, full length GS (50 to 60 seconds) on a steep, icy, difficult hill. It'll help your SL immeasurably...
Originally Posted by Carl R
Hmm strange. My impression has been that the waxing does surprisingly little. In fact, when I've been posting the best relative times I've been having a less stellar glide. But I might be wrong. Yesterday the course was really flat.
I do already have long poles both for GS and SL. And unfortunately the SL courses always contains flushes and delays. The GS courses are usually easier.
I do think that start technique is where I got properly beaten in GS yesterday, but my main problem in SL is in getting the angles early and minimize the skidding when I pivot. Especially problematic is long turns after doubles or triples. I think also that I stand up to much and dont get enough inside leg angle.
I'm going to snatch my wifes Rossi FIS SL 155 skis for next practice to see if they are noticably quicker from edge to edge than my B5i. They are same radius (11m)