I am planning on getting new alpine skis for the 2012-13 season. I have been exclusively on tele gear for the past 6-7 years and my every day ski is the Nordica Steadfast, 170cm. I love the versatility of the ski and the lively carvy feeling. I also have a pair of Stockli Laser SL, 155cm, mounted tele. These are a blast and fun in tight icy slalom courses. My alpine boots are Nordica Dobermann Pro 100.
About me, I am 5'6" 157lbs, 48, active all year round. I ski 40+ days a year. The reason for getting alpine skis is that my oldest son is an alpine racer and he is getting faster. I would like to get a pair of carve/beer league skis to have more fun with him, run gates occasionally and maybe get back into racing by joining a beer league team. I raced through high school and a bit in college. My alpine technique is modern, not old school one ski at a time.
This past season I got on some demos. I would have liked to try a couple of more skis (Fischer WC RC, Progressor 10+ and Atomic D2 GS) but they were not available. Here are my brief thoughts on the skis I tried:
Volkl RTM 84, 171.: Felt pretty good and a good candidate for a quiver of one for NE, but it did not wow me, I like a ski with a bit more pop or liveliness.
Head Supershape Titan or Magnum, 170: I can't recall which one I skied, but although I liked the stability, it was too damp for my tastes. Just not my kind of ski.
Volkl Racetiger Speedwall GS, 170: I liked this one a lot. It felt great carving at speed. Confidence inspiring and lively. My only concern on this is that it may be too limiting for me. Not off the list.
Fischer Progressor 900, 170: I liked this one a lot as well. I liked the versatility of the turn radiuses possible. I liked that it felt both quick and stable. I wish it were a bit sharper and crisp in feel, with a bit more race ski feel added.
So after this, I would like a combination of the Volkl Speedwall GS and the Fischer Progressor 900. Looking at past reviews on this site and Real Skier, it seems like the now-discontinued Fischer Progressor 9+ may be ideal for me. I am checking ebay and maybe I can find some NOS. In the event that I cannot find a pair, anything else I should consider? If I find a Progressor 9+, should I only consider a 170 or would 165 be enough ski? Did I leave out any details? What else can I add?
Thanks for your help, with only one outlier, I find this forum to be inviting, friendly and informative.
Edited by TeleCarve - 5/29/12 at 8:54pm