Me; 66, 180 lbs Level 10 on Piste, 7 off, very good shape, High speed is my thing with a few fall line short swings thrown in. Currently skiing a Volkl Kendo 177 and I love the ski. It does high speed GS turns on rails and I can short swing it down the fall line. Skiing eastern small hills out of Ohio, 300 ft vertical, 3 or 4 trips to Holiday Valley. 750 ft vertical and 7 Springs PA also 750 ft vertical both around 290 acres. 1 to 2 trips out west, a month ago to Telluride where I was dancing on high speed groomers and loving the Vokl. Just returned to club and Nastar racing after 15 years, I never was very good although I could gold in Nastar most of the time. Now on the Kendo the best I can do is bronze and that's only because of my age handicap. I am sure I can get better with a Slalom ski . Been on Volkls for 30 years with a few different skis but always return to Volkl. Looking for a slalom racing ski that I will be able to use on the 300 ft Ohio club racing. I would hope it would double for a Eastern Piste ski but it would have to make big turns as I love both but really enjoy speed and I am usually one of the fastest on the mountains. If not I will keep the Volkl for West and buy two skis, one for slalom racing and one Eastern Piste ski which will do both long and short turns and not wear me out. I am unable to find any high performance skis to demo because where I am located just not what the public buys. After weeks of research I have listed the models I think might work. Need your help because I will be buying in the blind.
Atomic D2 Redster: The rep brought one to the demo and I make a couple of runs down our 300 ft Ohio run and the ski was just OK. A lot heaver carrying it then my Volkl but I did not notice it on the slopes. Made OK turns and felt average. Then my skiing partner wanted to take a different run which was around 10-15 mph faster and everything changed. Man, that ski opened me up to a new world of speed and absolutely felt like I was on railroad tracks. That is probably the fastest and most stable GS racing ski I have been on and reminded me of my favorite Volkl the Volkl GS P9 RS Super 210Cm. You can just breathe on the Atomic it and it will turn beautiful arcs or ride it hard. I loved the ski but it is not a quick turner by any means. If I lived out West this would be my ski. In addition, several ski tests say I would be tired at the end of the day and at my age I need a somewhat easy turner. This ski make me very excited about Atomic s and when I went back to my Volkls the skis felt tinny to me after the Atomics. I am over that feeling now but it showed me I need to move up in ski for the East.
In all of my research this is what I found might be the best for me.
For Slalom; Atomic Redster edge SL, and D2 SL, Rossignol 9S SL, Volkl Racetiger SL. Could any of these do long turns and double as my Eastern Piste ski and if so could I ski it in a 170 instead of 165? I dont think so from what I read but this is where I need help from more knowledgable skiers.
For a Eastern
Piste Ski; Atomic Temper TI, Head Super Shape I, Volkl Code S and L, Volkl Code UVO, I would think around 177.
I appreciate any help and I apologize if I gave you to much info.
Telluride on the Kendo