Background on my ability: I live in MN and as you can imagine we only have large hills here. I have been skiing for 30 years, everywhere from UP in Michagan to Winter Park (skied outhouse), breckenridge (skied the bowls and the lake chutes) and copper (various bowls)....now i dont claim to be an expert but definitly an advanced skier. five foot 7 inches tall and about 200 pounds with a athletic stocky body type.
I got back into skiig about 4 years ago after a dry spell and bought some rossignal bandits XXX that are about 191 in length and i bought them new unmounted for 25 bucks and i threw some salamon bindings on them and ripped the hills up for 3 years. now they are not shape skis but they do have some sort of parabolic shape to them. they were probably 8 years old so not the newer bandits you see all over the place
so my question! I bought some Liberty SB170 twin tips with the machine gun snow patrol graphics....170 in length, well they have a waist of about 98 and i tried to ski them the other day with some Marker grifferon schizzo bindings and let me say I wasn't impressed. In the skis defense I was skiing on all man made ice garbage snow and I wanted them for spins as well as the small amounts of powder we get here in MN. I think I was trying to be too agressive with my turns? I think maybe I need to ski them differently but need some feedback. I dont mind having them in my quiver and just using them on pow days or if I head out to Colorado or Montana. I also feel like they are too short for me? Maybe I just need to give them another chance? I want to play in the park as well as rip the mountain but on groomers they seemed lacking for a better word?
When I was in Colorado I skied some Rossi avenger 74's in a 167 length and they carved well and ran the moguls decent but at high speeds at the bottom of the bowls there was a lot of chatter and the skis seemed unstable at very high speed. I only add this info for reference as I have skied shorter skis (167's in this case) so i understand their limitations with a heavier skier who is aggressively charging on them.
I also picked up some Blizzard GS magnesium skis in 185 length never mounted for 50 bucks and am going to move my bindings from my older bandit XXX;s but they have a radius of 27....are these going to be harder then hell to carve? I have skied many a straight ski back in the day so I am no stranger to skis that don't have a radius of 15......
My technique is pretty solid but I need to make it mesh properly with the newer more advanced gear that is prevelant now adays...
any comments or feedback would be appreciated