Hi all! I'm new to the forum and have been reading a lot of threads here which just expanded the amount of information I realized I didn't know about skis. So, I'm taking my question to the group.
BLUF/tl;dr: What GS race/"race" skis would you recommend for a former racer and big guy who skis hard and has a tendency to break things?
A little about me: I am 36yo, 6'2", 245lb former racer and ski instructor in the northeast. My wife and friends have and still do call me a neanderthal at times if that gives you any indication of my size. My current skis are 205cm Rossignol EXs circa 1995/6. I've used these skis for everything from bumps to groomed cruisers to the race course to lazy beginner hills teaching students and I'm very comfortable with the stiffness. After about 20 years (that shocked me thinking about how long I've had these skis), the feel of these skis has become kind of a standard I use when demoing. The ski I loved most, though, was a pair of 203cm Volkl GS race skis from 1993ish. They were heavy, fast, stiff and could hold an edge on granite. I'm looking to replace them with a similar type of ski with current technology and could use some help pointing me in a good direction to start my search.
I like to go fast and I ride the ski hard through turns. The newest ski I've used was a 2007 Atomic Beta Race GS11 in 183cm and it was a nice little ski. It held edges well for me and wasn't overly demanding but it felt a little light. I guess coming from 205s to 183s will give that feeling but I'd like to at least keep the feeling of stability which the GS11 had. I'm not partial to one brand or another. I just want the best ski for me. I've read a little about the difference between FIS skis and "cheaters" but what kind of difference will I really see? I'm not going to be using them for sanctioned events so I don't know if FISs are right but I hate to be on a ski that snaps around on me when I step on it. I might do some masters racing in the future but by then, I'll probably be in the market for something new again.
Any help would be appreciated to narrow down my search. I don't have the opportunity to demo everything this year and I'd like to buy something this off-season. Also, what length should I demo? I'm leaning toward the 180-190 range - 188s are top of my list.
Edited by jokerusn - 1/7/14 at 10:04am