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Cheater GS skis for small hill

post #1 of 8
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I'm hoping to get back into beer league racing this year and have been looking at the following skis:

Blizzard s-power
Blizzard r-power
Dynastar course ti
Rossignol 9gs ti

Does anyone have any opinions on these skis?

Tx
post #2 of 8

Put the Atomic D2 GS on your list!

post #3 of 8

Never tried the Blizzards although I know they have a lot of proponents especially in the midwest.  I've raced on the Rossi 9GS, the Dynastar Course Ti and the Atomic D2 GS.  They are all great recreational GS skis.  Also give some thought to Elan's non-FIS GSX, Volkl Racetiger, and Fischer's Progressor series.
 

post #4 of 8

As long as the hill isn't a FIS GS course like Parkway (Whiteface), the Dynastar Course Ti will win you some runs!

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Originally Posted by patmoore View Post

Never tried the Blizzards although I know they have a lot of proponents especially in the midwest.  I've raced on the Rossi 9GS, the Dynastar Course Ti and the Atomic D2 GS.  They are all great recreational GS skis.  Also give some thought to Elan's non-FIS GSX, Volkl Racetiger, and Fischer's Progressor series.
 

 

SkiNut,

 

I've skied the non FIS Atomic D2 GS, Elan FIS GSX and Volkl Racetiger (but it was the SL FIS) on short and not so short NASTAR and beer league courses.  No matter my performance, the Elan GSX is my favorite.  I prefer the edge hold and control over the rest.  Next would be the Volkl's but I preferred my Elan FIS SL to those but they were only 155's and I couldn't find a good deal on used Elan's in 165 so I went with the Volkls.

 

Granted, comparing FIS skis to non FIS skis isn't really fair but we're talking about beer league racing.  I'm not that good of a racer, but always seemed to do better on the Elans.  Maybe it was a placebo but I was preferring a 21M ski over a 17.8M ski.  The Elan is an older ski that was FIS for men when made.  The difference was enough for me to be seriously considering selling the Atomics and I just bought them new last year.

 

NASTAR is supposed to be 18-22 M between gates with 4-8 M offset hence the preference for a 17-18 M ski. 

 

I just want to throw out that for a non FIS race, you shouldn't discount FIS skis.  That's what most of the fast racers are on.

 

Ken

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

SkiNut,

I've skied the non FIS Atomic D2 GS, Elan FIS GSX and Volkl Racetiger (but it was the SL FIS) on short and not so short NASTAR and beer league courses.  No matter my performance, the Elan GSX is my favorite.  I prefer the edge hold and control over the rest.  Next would be the Volkl's but I preferred my Elan FIS SL to those but they were only 155's and I couldn't find a good deal on used Elan's in 165 so I went with the Volkls.

Granted, comparing FIS skis to non FIS skis isn't really fair but we're talking about beer league racing.  I'm not that good of a racer, but always seemed to do better on the Elans.  Maybe it was a placebo but I was preferring a 21M ski over a 17.8M ski.  The Elan is an older ski that was FIS for men when made.  The difference was enough for me to be seriously considering selling the Atomics and I just bought them new last year.

NASTAR is supposed to be 18-22 M between gates with 4-8 M offset hence the preference for a 17-18 M ski. 

I just want to throw out that for a non FIS race, you shouldn't discount FIS skis.  That's what most of the fast racers are on.

Ken

Sound advice Ken, and very much in line with (what people must be tired of hearing from me smile.gif ) what I always recommend . A 21m or newer 24m (women's) fis ski gives you a lot more potential even for beer league or NAStar courses. The cheaters may feel better initially but, as ken is finding, are not in the same league if you want to get quicker over the medium term.

Can't comment on the original OPs choices but have had very good experiences with the blizzard 24m fis ski and they build some really good race skis these days. The dynastar ti has had some good press but has seen several iterations. Rossi dynastar race product from 2011 on has been significantly improved over previous generations.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice.

I was looking at the Rossi gs ski (182 length, 23m radius) and the gs master ski (185 length, 23m radius) and was wondering if one ski was better than the other given that the gs ski has early rise rocker whereas the master ski does not.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by SkiNut View Post

Thanks for the advice.
I was looking at the Rossi gs ski (182 length, 23m radius) and the gs master ski (185 length, 23m radius) and was wondering if one ski was better than the other given that the gs ski has early rise rocker whereas the master ski does not.

Go for the early rise version, it is a good ski. I actually thought the Masters version had the early rise as well ?
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