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GS skis - great for old school powder

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For the last 10y I have been free skiing almost exclusively with SL skis. SL skis are great all mountain skis but fall a bit short in the off-pist and powder category. So, when last fall at a GS training camp in Austria it was dumping fresh powder I was fortunate enough to plow deep with my GS skis and gear. Worked like a dream. Anybody else fan of old school powder skiing? What skis are you using? In the video I was on 185cm Völkl Racetiger Speedwall GS R19,7m cheaters skis.

 

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Fat skis, and so forth, make the job a little easier, but if you know what you're doing, you can ski powder (preferably, up to 6 or 8 inches on a buffed out base) on just about anything. Last year, up at Big Sky, after I hit a fence in the National Master's DH and hammered my knee, I skied back to Huntley Lodge on a pair of 201 SGs in these kind of conditions...and it was so much fun, I had to take 3 more runs...

 

:D

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Fat skis, and so forth, make the job a little easier, but if you know what you're doing, you can ski powder (preferably, up to 6 or 8 inches on a buffed out base) on just about anything. Last year, up at Big Sky, after I hit a fence in the National Master's DH and hammered my knee, I skied back to Huntley Lodge on a pair of 201 SGs in these kind of conditions...and it was so much fun, I had to take 3 more runs...

 

:D


I used to ski powder on my SGs, but only when I couldn't afford to rent a pair of Dynastar GS skis; the SGs were too stiff to "base carve" anything but very long turns.  They would turn, but it was not a nice smooth efficient turn.

post #4 of 6

I do not know what "old school" powder skiing.

 

powder skiing is powder skiing.

 

you can plow deep in powder on any gear really.

 

120mm rockered and 192cm

 

 

 

110mm and rockered

 

 

 

there is no one in the entire world on GS boards who can ski powdery trees as fast as a hack like me on what I am using. I think if you like old school so much you should get some straight skis and start making pivoted edge set turns on hardpack.

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That may well be true, but there aren't a lot of trees on the Stubaier Glacier.  Just say'n.

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Nice photo Josh. You are right, skiing submerged is not a ski thing but a snow thing. Ghost, LOL, yes, no trees on the Stubaier Gletcher. And skiing in the woods is kind of a thing of the past here in Austria due to government restrictions.

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