I'm going to buy a cheater GS ski next week... current skis aren't really cutting it for this winter hobby.
Relevant info: 24yo, 5'7", 185 lbs, NASTAR handicap: 6
I'm well aware that medium radii (16-18) are recommended to most NASTAR races based on course setup. However, I am curious as to what length I can "handle" based on my short stature relative to weight (latter would necessitate longer skis, former shorter)... It seems from a stability standpoint that--when angled in a carve with pressure on downhill ski--weight is more important than height?
170cm skis are as tall as me and are manageable. Can I go up to 175 or even 180 to get something more stable (based on height, weight, and skill)?? Also, what widths are good for NASTAR? (i.e. is 71 too wide? one user said a few years ago in a post that 65-68 would be appropriate for racing, and anything wider inappropriate).
Are any cheater GS skis with double Ti-laminates going to handle carving at speed without chattering, or are certain brands more resistant to chattering?
Last question: someone also said that progressor 9+ is good for NASTAR because if you get thrown off line you can recover... do others find this true? I'm open to the idea, but would prefer race skis (I have Progressor 7+ right now, and I'm not sure how much I like the idea of two different side-cuts...)
Sorry for all the question marks... the third paragraph is what I really want answered.