I posted this in the technique section, but thought I could get more thoughts here.
I just got back from a trip to Kicking Horse. I have skied there many times and I never had a problem in the chutes. This time, I had a little trouble turning in the chutes that were skied off. Those that haven't been to Kicking Horse, many of the chutes are 50-55 degrees and can be very tight.
I kind of think that it's my new skis which are hurting me. I bought the S3's (my first rockered skis) this year and have been very pleased with the ski. It's great in powder, bumps, and the groomed. However in the steeps, it seems hooky and not very stable.
I think what's happening is that I'm driving the tip at the start of the turn, but in the S3 with early rise, there is no tip to engage. Consequently, I almost crossed my tips a couple of times- scary thing to do in the chutes. Also the ski would not really hold an edge real well in the steep stuff- a lot of chatter and sliding. I assume this is due to the short effective running length?
Do I need to ski the rockered ski differently or does my technique just suck?