I am looking for a ski to practice balance, carving, staying forward, and proper technique. I started looking at skis similiar to Progressors, Supershapes, and the like. In looking at these skis, I would be buying somthing in the low 180s. In looking, I've also noticed: $$$$; they are a pretty penny!
...but there's an abundace of affordable (read: cheap enough for me to buy) GS skis on the market. As a 6'4", 240#, strong person, I would probably use a 188 or so if I were racing...but I'm not racing, just pretending. But could a 182 or so GS ski work for my purposes? This ski doesn't have to be particularly versatile...I have other skis for everything aside from the single purpose of this ski; it will be merely a training tool for a few hours in the morning.
Note: A majority of my skiing is in the Poconos, so I fear that a 188 race ski is just too much for the size of the hill and the crowds generally seen there.
Has anyone ever tried using a short GS (shorter than what they'd use for racing) as a replacement for a carving type ski? Or is this a terrible idea?
Note2: I've been keeping my eye out for a 186/188 old 21M ski, I just haven't found one yet (or is that not right either).