So I just spent a day on my very first skis, the Atomic Access at 171 cm(100mm waist). For those who are interested/want some more info into my thought process as I bought these skis, look here:
Today was my very first day on these skis at Mt. Hood Meadows. The place I bought them from said that I could try them out and return them if I decide they aren't for me, so I tried to pay attention to how I felt in them throughout the day. The conditions up at Mt. Hood right now aren't ideal for powder-oriented skis. The snow was hardpack, and in some places icy. That being said, the conditions right now are not typical for Mt. Hood--and I can only afford one pair of skis right now. I'll try to formulate my comments into associated questions:
1) I noticed that it didn't appear as though the front edges of my skis made contact with the snow while skiing on the groomed runs today. Is that typical for a rockered ski on a groomed/hardpack/slightly icy trail? Would a slimmer ski be more likely to have more of the edge making contact with the snow? How about a non-rockered ski?
2) I also noticed that at high speeds on the groom/hard pack and while on the flats of the skis, the skis chatter a bit(meaning I can see the front tip of the ski bouncing or shaking a little bit. Is this also due to rocker/the width of the skis? Would slimmer/non-rockered skis be less likely to chatter/bounce? Will the Access do this in conditions with more powder?
3) I noticed that when skiing on trails that were more or less a sheet of hardpack/ice, the skis made a loud scraping noise noise when edging--and I didn't feel confident or comfortable. Then again, I've proabably never felt comfortable on ice. Do slimmer skis do better on ice?
4) Finally, I noticed that when turning on hardpack, the skis tended to slide out a little bit and chatter. Are all skis likely to do that, or would slimmer/non-rockered skis do better in that situation?
Overall, I liked the skis but couldn't help feeling like these skis weren't made for the conditions on the mountain right now I also wonder if the things I noticed today might become less noticable in time? I think skiing these skis made me appreciate how much I like skiing on skis that carve easily. However, I also appreciated that on the Atomic Access I felt more stable and less likely to catch an edge or lose my balance, which might happen on those carvey skis especially in powder.
Please help me out and answer my questions/give your input the best that you can. I don't have the luxury of demoing many skis before buying, so your help is appreciated.