NOTE TYPO IN POLL: it should read "What ski should I use for CSIA Level 3 exam?"
Those of you that are familiar with the CSIA Level 3 standards, what do you think the ideal ski is to train on and use in the exam?
Reason I ask is that I was using a 13.5m radius ski last year (Head iSupershape Magnum), and I wonder if the shorter radius makes it harder to "demonstrate ski performance"? I.e. I have frequently heard CSIA examiners say that what they're looking for is the type of skiing that will "bend the ski". So in order to "bend the ski" significantly, I think I would have to carve a <10m radius turn on a 13.5m radius ski, or carve a <14m radius turn on a 17m radius ski, all done at relatively high speeds for the Short Radius and Advanced Parallel portions of the exam.
Let's assume for argument's sake that I have nailed all the necessary skills to carve turns precisely and efficiently (obviously I haven't, but I'm working on them). Fitness and leg strength then become important considerations, especially because I only ski on weekends and my day job is entirely sedentary. I imagine that the shorter the turn radius, the stronger I must be, but given the other priorities in my life I simply can't put in the time to train to be as physically strong as your typical Level 3 candidate.
Would you agree then that a ski with a more moderate sidecut, say ~17m radius, would be less demanding to use in the exam scenario?