This is getting a little frustrating folks…..
I seems like I have a hard time getting taken seriously this year by people I don't know, both here and in ski shops. If you say you're an expert, nobody believes you, and if you want a longer stiffer ski, everybody brands you as "old school" and behind the times.
As I said above, I'm 23. I raced in high school, at Bosquet in western MA, went to States individually my senior year, got 20th in GS. I never did interclub, tri-state, etc. I have always been an avid freeskiier, doing just about anything including big jumping. Used to ski 75-100 days/yr, in HS, managed 20-30 d/yr in college. I now ski 3-4 times a week, nightskiing at Wachucett in MA, weekend in NH.
I ski like a true aggressive expert….very fast, with good "adaptable race carving technique". If a trail slightly allows it, I will make 45-50 mph gs turns all the way down. If not, its because of excessive moguls, or its really, really steep, which I have no problem using the proper technique on. I ski with a high angulation - when I say a ski is too soft I mean it……I am over skiing the ski. When I lay it over hard at high speed, the ski flexes too much for the side cut and the turn shape and you cease to carve……..no good. The solution is either ski slower, get a ski with less sidecut (like the 1080's, way soft, but not too much sidecut), or make it stiffer. Speed wise, I want something that can handle a ~60 mph top speed.
***please don't suggest getting another GS ski***
***they allow boot out in anything but white ice***
I worked in a shop in HS. I am a bit of a luddite, however, I have been very up on changes in skis over the past 5 years. I own a pair of 2nd gen Elan SCX's (red monoblock) in a 163, don't really ski them much anymore. I skied some of the first slightly sidecut skis and GS race skis when they came out (K2 Four, Fisher Revolution race), in fact, my p10 rs supers had a decent sidecut for their day, although they were too stiff and long for me. I've skied modern skis all through the years, through I have freeskied primarily on an Elan r5c 203 slalom ski, SOFT (!!!) for a 203, and slightly damp, but plenty supportive at speed in most cases, carves a nice super-G sized turn. They will be retired this year. I also own, ski and carve:
P30 RC Racing 198cm (womens Race Stock) +deflex (Will race Nastar on this)
(actually softer with less sidecut than the commercial version, rect. sidewall)
P40 SL 170cm (new this year, for carving ice at Wachusett)
Salomon 1080's 177 cm (tricks)
Rossi Axiom DP 110, 183 cm (tree/powder ski)
Salomon 3s prolink 197 cm/pr7 (nice old school SL with decent sidecut, just for fun, moguls)
Two pairs of P10's that are just too beefy (don't really ski them anymore, can't sell)
I was also thinking about picking up a pair of used DH or SG skis, and a dedicated mogul ski. That should round out the quiver nicely.
I skied Tecnica's for 7 years (AVS, and Icon) with silicone then foam liners. Now I have Flexons with a WC tongue and I am thinking about going to a full silicone or foam liner in those.
So anyway, I skied the 11.20 (180 cm) last night, along with an Elan MX4 Super in a 178 cm (longest they had, just wanted the flavor). Easily overskied the Elan, thought it was an okay feel. The Atomic rocked. This was at Wachucett, and I couldn't get going fast enough to overski it (straight run down a decent pitch followed by carves, ~45-50 mph) and I think it could handle more. Packed poweder+ice/sluff - typical conditions. Feels powerful like a race ski. Carves well through sluff and undulations at speed. Not as much rover effect as the SR, but 10 times the power and energry. I could be very happy on this, but I would like to try it at on steeper trails and higher speeds - I will try the 190 this weekend in NH. The shop also was pushing the G3, the 184 cm they have is fairly stiff so I'll have to try that too, but would look hard at a longer length
Nobody is going to fool me - a stiffer ski skis like a stiffer ski - it's harder to "over ski" it.