Early rice? Well, I usually prefer a breakfast of oatmeal when skiing, although a big bowl of brown rice is a great start before a bike ride.
Early RISE, though--that's another thing. This time of year, as the snow usually softens dramatically when the spring sun hits it, it is definitely best to rise early when skiing slalom skis, to take advantage of the firmer frozen snow in the morning.
Um, you mean skis with "early rise" tips--a slightly more gradual upturn that begins just a bit further back from the front of the ski than "traditional"--don't you? Rossignol makes a 170 slalom ski that is pretty much a "normal" 165cm slalom race ski (a little softer) with a slightly extended and more gently curved tip. It is very subtle, but if nothing else, it makes the ski somewhat better as an all-around ski, especially in soft snow--which means it works well later in the day, eliminating the need to rise so early to catch the morning ice. Personally, I'm not sold on their importance or usefulness in most typical racing situations--and not all Rossignol skis are designed that way--but I like the concept for some conditions. I do not think the benefits are what most people claim--"easier entry into the turn" and such nonsense (Rossi calls their rocker "auto turn"--uh huh--there's some marketing hype for you).
Enjoy spring, TDK!