Wow.............I've skied ice my whole life in the northeast and today I tried some skis that were frustrating. 20 years ago I was racing on flat, narrow, and straight skis.......I know what it feels like to "work" to get an edge on ice. Today it wasn't happening (and yes the edges were fairly sharp). I'm looking for advice on what might be the problem and possibly a recommendation for a good ski for ice and icy bumps. I'm 160 lbs and 5'10".
-----The first ski I had trouble with was an Elan SLX Race ski (165) that is about 6 years old. It was nice yesterday when there was some soft stuff on the hill, but today it was all ice and it was a total failure. I could not get an edge even at low speeds. It felt terrible. I was told the skis belonged to a racer before I tried them this weekend, but I can't imagine racing in these (was he a much heavier racer? Is weight the issue?,) I don't think it was a special tuning because I was trying every angle to get an edge.
------The second ski was an Elan Amphibio (this years model) (168). This was a much better experience than the previous ski becuase I could get an edge (not all the time). Nonetheless, there was chatter in the ski when turning at moderate/fast speeds on the ice.
The conditions were icy, but very common for this part of the Northeast. I have to be realistic, because I will be skiing on ice more than anything else. Any help on what might be going on with these skis and what might work for me on the ice will be greatly appreciated!