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Not quite typical, but not a skier with any race experience or a great short turn. They were not nearly as demanding as I expected them to be. In fact I think my 180 E98s are a bit harder to ski and carve though a variety of turn shapes than the slalom skis proved to be.
I think part and parcel is what your attitude is towards skiing. Are you aggressive hard driving or more of cruiser (or maybe both). Personally, I love to push a ski hard no matter the speed (slow or fast) and make it do what its designed to do. If I can do that on a consistent basis I'm please with my skiing regardless of my ability (yes I'm on the better end of the scale, but that's how I got there).
GS FIS rated skis yes work and are lovely to ski, I'll know about FIS rated SL skis shortly .
I don't think that I've ever been on a ski I couldn't schmear. I did the usual list of slipping drills like pivot slips, falling leaf, flat spins, ect... on the slalom skis with no real problems. My tune on those is 3/4 edge and 1 base.
Might be just what I need to break out of the pivot skid model that Nailbender says I am using.
I've had a chance to ski FIS SL skis Saturday. Great (Small local hill), What a rush on narrow (compared to out west or out east) groomers.
I guess the question is really if your a powerhouse skier (not always about speed) or a more relaxed skier on whether or not you'll love the stiffer skis.