Originally Posted by stebed
I suck on icy groomers, some people make it look so easy. I see people on icy slopes and you’d think they were skiing fresh corduroy. How much of it is technique? How much of it is the ski? And how much of it is the tuning?
I'm a west coast skier at heart, always skied soft snow, bowls, chutes, etc.. that is where I am at my best. Icy groomers are where I am at my absolute worst, and have always avoided them. But i've been out east for about 5 years now and have been playing on S3's the whole time. Spend almost all my time in glades or on bumps and they've been fun, really playful, etc.. and fun on groomers when the snow is soft, can carve and hold an edge. But when it gets really firm or icy, forget it. It's skid city. It probably doesn't help that my edges haven’t been tuned in ages, they’ve been so chewed up by rocks there’s no point. And I doubt it’s an ideal ski for those kinds of conditions. So I’ve got a lot working against me :)
So now that my kids are getting old enough to ski and I’ll be spending a lot of time on groomers, and more than likely not always nice soft groomers, I want to get some new skis. I’m 6’ 190lbs. I’ll always have my S3’s for powder days or post powder days when everything is still soft, so I’m not looking for a jack of all trades type ski. I want a ski that is going to make skiing icy groomers fun. My technique is decent but I’m definitely no level 4 CSIA. But the first step is getting the right kind of ski. If that doesn't cut it then I know I have some work to do technique wise.
I know lots about powder skis and -nothing- about carving skis. What should I get or try to demo?
IMO without reading all the other post, technique. First off, how do your boots fit, have they been fitted by a good boot fitter do you have custom foot beds if needed ?
My volkl Kendo's hold great on the ice at Okemo, even my 119mm Shiro's are not that bad in the frozen mornings this time of year 5'll be out on them in about a hour its 31F here in town now . I tune my own skis. I see no need for a narrow ski for the few day's I might use one.