I'm not one to buy equipment every new cycle (obviously). But it is time based upon everything I've read on these boards. So I'm trying to hone in on a collection of skis I should demo. Last time I demoed skis and ultimately selected the Classic Fours (these were the ones with the piezoelectric light), I demoed several skis and really determined what I liked and didn't. Back in '98, I was coming off of straight skis. And while I liked the side cut the "curved" skis offered, I didn't like it to be too extreme. For example, I skied Rossi Bandits and absolutely hated them. Anytime I got any speed, the skis just were squirrelly. Forget skiing wide turns. Tucks? Forget it. I also tried the Saloman X Scream (IIRC the name correctly). These seemed okay... but I was not wowed. Jack of all trades, master of none, imho. The Fours where just awesome. They were FAST, easy to turn. I loved not being tired at the end of the day and feeling like I could just keep going and going. Length: 183cm. Sidecut: 14.0 mm dimension: 99/65/88
So a little bit about me. I'm 49 and have been skiing since I was 13. I don't get a lot of days in (a good year is 5-7 days). Life for one reason or another just has not allowed me to ski as much as I'd like. I would say I'm an advanced skier but I tend to stay on the front of the mountain. I ski Tahoe and preferred location is Kirkwood (typically The Wall). I used to ski the bumps. But the Fours just were not the ski for that and I find myself more enjoying, fast, steep runs.
I honestly don't know where to begin looking. My last demo experience would seem that I should stick with a ski that is roughly the same shape as the deeply side cut skis just are not my thing. But perhaps looks are deceiving and the truly hour class shapes of today are very different than the ones I struggled with in the late 90s. It just seemed a more subtle side cut (but definitely not straight) were the best for me. And here's a question, on top of the demo recs, if I get a ski that is roughly the same dimensions as my Fours and intend to ski the same front mountain blacks (and blues to be with my son), how big of a difference would the the newer skis actually be?
I've seem some of the race GS skis. But my understanding is that while the dimensions may be close to my old Fours, they may be worlds stiffer. Anyway, suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!