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The right ski for me?? [replacing 10 year old race skis, Ontario]

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Hi there, I am new here, please excuse me if I am repeating someone else's thread. I am an avid skier who has dabbled in racing many years ago. I still love to go fast and carve big GS turns. I found my perfect skis about 10 years ago. They are the Atomic Beta Race 10"22. They are perfect for my style of skiing. Unfortunately mine are near the end of their life. Last winter I bought a newer set of skis from a young racer thinking they would be similar to my old ones (Atomic Race GS double decker 183cm) but they are much stiffer, and the bases are not as fast as my older 10"22's. I only got to try them once and they have very sharp edges from tip to tail. I am wondering if anyone can offer advice before the season begins this year. Should I have the new ones de-tuned and try them some more? Or am I trying the wrong ski and should sell the new ones to the proper person before the season opens?

FYI - I live in T.O. and ski mostly at Blue Mountain and do the occasional trip to Banff for some real skiing.

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First, I'd think comparing any new ski to a ten year old ski, they're going to feel stiffer as you've gotten used to the old ones so gradually you didn't notice they'd lost something.

Second, don't know how much you've waxed them, but any racer knows you wax and wax and wax new skis until they're fast. My daughter's coach told her to wax them completely seven times and then wax them EVERY TIME she used them until they were fast. If you stone grind them, that process has to be restarted.

Do not detune them! For one thing, that has nothing to do with your stated problems of stiffness and speed.
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Also, it's good to get new skis and be forced out of old habits.
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Hey Atomic GS9, I also ski Blue and I suggest that you demo a few pairs before you decide for good. There a tons of great sticks out there. Call the folks at Corbetts in Oakville as they do have high end demos available. Have a pro tune/de-tune your skis and give 'em another whirl before you chuck 'em. Good luck!

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If your looking for old-style, I have a pair of 2002 vintage Volkls, wihtout too many miles on 'em, I'll trade you for the Double-Deck Atomics :D.

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Thanks guys. I will give them another try and maybe try out some demos when I can. 

On a separate note; does anybody know of any recreational racing series/events in southern ontario? When i lived and skied in Banff there was always somewhere to join a fun race, usually in a dual slalom set up. Lake Louise even had/has a pay as you go dual slalom course that my brother and I would frequent and you would get a timed run on a race course for a loonie. However, in Ontario, I have never seen or heard of such events. 

 Btw- I am in my mid forties. 

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