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Slalom skis for masters racing newbies

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Would welcome recommendations for slalom skis. We do not have any previous racing experience and are advanced (but not expert) skiiers, who enjoy bumps and tree skiing in BC and Alberta.

 

Last year we skied about 40 days (our third year skiing) and we've skiied between 14 and 25 days the previous two years. We spend approximately half of our time skiing taking lessons (and intend to continue doing so). We can ski most ungroomed single blacks without trouble unless the conditions are awful and we struggle with big icy bumps, steep groomers when it is super icy (rarely) and when there have been dumps of extremely wet heavy snow (such as after a Pineapple Express).

 

This year we will aim to ski about 40 days again and will be doing race training one evening a week in addition.

 

These skis are likely to be used exclusively for race training, which will mostly be slalom, but might occasionally include some giant slalom.

 

Me: male, 145lbs, 5'11". I usually choose skis in the mid-180s length.

Skis I've enjoyed: Salomon X-Cart 24 on groomed pistes, Salomon Enduro XT-750 as all mountain-skis, Rossi Experience 88s (I liked the solid crud busting capabilities of these in particular)

Skis I've disliked: Head Rev 90 (found them 'smeary' in feel, difficult to hold edges and not solid enough at higher speeds)

 

Her: female, 145lbs, 5'8". Usually chooses skis in low to mid 170s length.

She quite enjoys the Salomon Rockette 90s. She found the Rossi Temptation 82s not to her liking "they felt like baby skis, not grown-up skis" and didn't like their lack of stability at higher speeds).

 

Thank you for your advice!

post #2 of 6

For a lighter skier like you and your wife, something softer flexing would be my rec. Volkl, Rossignol, Dynastar come to mind. Each makes slightly detuned SL's, for citizen racing and charging the fall line, that'd hit your happy place. I particularly like the entire Rossi line of racing skis, from FIS to fall line rec; they tend to be damp and smooth, solid without being planky. The Radical 9SL comes to mind. Volkls are very popular, they tend to be glassy feeling and livelier. Dynastars are basically the same as Rossi's, although I've heard that they are a touch livelier. Blizzards make a nice SL for rec use, the SLR/S Racing, that's stiffer, but light and quick, lot of snowfeel. 

 

A slalom ski can handle a tight GS course nicely, and allow you to work on style, although it won't produce a great time because it will run more slowly to make the more open turns. If you want one ski that more splits both events, then erase the above paragraph, go for a fairly SL-ish hybrid with a turn radius in the 14-15 m range and a length in the low 170's for you, mid-high 160's for your wife. (The length is more about your heights than your weights.) The Blizzard S-Power comes to mind, as does a shorter Dynastar Speed Course Ti. Good luck. 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
That's great advice - thank you. If we go for pure SL skis, what lengths should we be looking at? presumably shorter than the lengths you suggested for the GS skis?
post #4 of 6
165 you 155 her, take a look at nordica as well, softer version of blizzard.
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Originally Posted by jzamp View Post

165 you 155 her, take a look at nordica as well, softer version of blizzard.
The Nordicas and Blizzards are the same flex.
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Not for race skis, they have a slightly different construction, as reported by the blizzard/Tecnica test center director
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