I'm an adaptive ski racer... returning to the sport after almost 20 years and an amputation (left, below knee). I ski two-track (2 skis) with a ski prosthetic and I'm holding my own. Most people don't realize I'm an amputee on the hill unless I say something or when we are back in the chalet. They are taking off their boots; I'm taking of my boots and leg!
I am skiing the Volkl Racetiger GS for my FIS giant slalom set. I like them. I am looking for recommendations on a FIS slalom ski set. I ski in local Nastar events, but I also am fortunate to work with some adaptive coaches and teams that get me to some IPC / NORAM races.
I've been researching locally with coaches and teammates... and research online. I'm open minded to suggestions, but I have been looking at the Atomic FIS SLs and the Blizzard Magnesium FIS. Quite a few people have pointed me to the Fischer RC4 WC FIS SL.
I'm 42 and a large guy at about 6'4 and just over 250 lbs. I also ski fairly aggressively. I am looking for a stiff ski that I wont' overpower and that I can pressure and work in a variety of turn shapes - with plenty of energy to help with extra "pop!" With my prosthetic side, that extra pop helps.
I'm also wondering if I should trend above the 165 cm that it seems like every racer I know (adaptive and able-bodied) is on. I have seen a few 170 cm options... wondering if I should head north of 165 due to my height and weight.
I've read several good reviews from "large" guys on this forum about the Blizzard... Some on the Atomic too.
Also... I'm behind on my ski technology. Is the double-deck / full suspension on the Atomic and the 2013 Blizzard worth it? Or, in my case would it hinder/help? I've read both sides of the story. I've recently read some reviews that some think the Atomic without suspension is snappier.
Thanks for any advice. I'm thrilled to be back racing and skiing again. I like reading these forums... lots of interesting posts and discussions. I pick up a lot here.