I own the scream pilot 10's, 192 length, and skied them 3 days at Mammoth Mtn last weekend. Got em for Xmas. I am 6'2" and weigh 190. I ski agressively all terrain, all conditions. For me, these skies are lively, quick, and hold on hard snow like skates, yet plow through crud like an SUV. If you pressure the tails, they will launch you forward into the next turn; if you pressure the front, they want to climb uphill. That said, they have a big sweet spot if you ski balanced over the center. They excell at high speed straights and GS turns. They work fine in moguls, but want to carve and hold an edge rather than skid so it takes some getting used to, expecially on steep sections where the tips will ride up the mogul face. They did freak me some on some very steep, wind packed, do-or-die pitches where I just wasn't sure where the ski was going to take me. This ski has a learning curve associate with it, but its such fun that I look forward to the lessons. Although I like the ski (best I've owned in 30 years), the quality is suspect - an arm from the rear prolink separated from the ski after one day. It didn't affect performance, but returning the ski to Salomon under warrantee will be a major inconvenience and hassle. From what I read about these, they must have some unique characteristics that delight some and dismay others. I suspect that length and skiing style have much to do with it. My other ski is an original model XScream -- an all round competent ski, neutral in all respects that the scream pilots are distinctive. In other words, a safe but perhaps unexciting buy.
[ February 03, 2003, 08:59 PM: Message edited by: ruder ]