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It was a fine spring day, so I decided to try some demos.

Ski Make: Rossignol
Ski Model: Viper STX
Ski Length: 164 cm
Snow Conditions Used In: Soft warm granular over hardpack
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Fair to Middlin'
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 50
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: Varies from 50 to none
Other Skis You Like: Dynastar 4X4 Powertracs
Your Height/Weight: 5'9" 180 lbs
Comments:

The STX was a tricky ski to figure out. Pressure the tips and you would get a carve and then a slide. Pressure the tails and it would make a long arc. Use old forward weighting turn initiation and some tail weighting mid turn and you get a nice snap and liftoff at the end of the turn. Staying absolutely centered made it a carver, which rolled nicely from turn to turn at lower speeds. Speed limit for this ski about 40 at which time it began to vibrate and chatter like crazy. A quick scrub to reduce speed put it right back in the comfort zone. Seems like a nice carver if you can keep your weight centered all thru the turn. Seemed pretty easy on the legs and the small lumps of mashed potato snow seemed not to deflect the ski at slower speeds. Turn up the speed and the ski starts to dance.