Okay, I'm back. Got a lot of thoughts and ideas so I am going to be all over the place as I write this. First things first. I may not know how to ski slaloms but I got to tell you guys, this has been the most fun I have had on groomers...ever. I love my Rev105s, and they do a lot of things well for me, but nothing comes close to the control and just cool feeling I get when I ski these things. Even if it is only one in every fifty turns that comes out right, it is all good.
The volkl P60s are an ass kicker. I do not find them a problem to ski, but every once in a while it feels like a bucking bronco. I got snapped in the air once while transitioning and landed on the inside ski. It all turned out well, but yowza. It is full on with this thing. I also realized that the trails here at Sunday River are not exactly wide, even with slalom skis. Anyway............. After a few days on the P60s I demoed a pair of Rossi Hero ST TI skis. I believe it is considered a cheater slalom ski. I am glad I took it for an entire day. Going from the P60 to this was a bit of an adjustment because it kinda felt like a noodle. It was not, of course, but it took about a half a day to realize that this ski is not going to let go. Once I started to get a bit more comfortable I realized that it was plenty ski, without the kick. I demoed the Head Rally about a month ago. I liked this ski a lot more.
Here is a vid I put together for you guys to tear apart. The first part is on the p60, the latter on the Rossi. It was my second run on the Rossis. I wish I got some later in the day, but my videographer is umm, not the best. We will leave it at that since she is my wife I need her for more important things than vid :)
Here are some things that are beginning to click, or at least I think I am starting to realize....
1) I still get lazy and lean my damn shoulders into the turn. Need more angulation. Tough habit to break, probably because it is a really cool feeling when you have a bit of hero snow under foot and you can just "bank" a turn. I found myself starting to look for icy surfaces to start breaking this habit.
2) I can't drive me knees forward enough. While the statement is not totally true, it helps me greatly with the weight forward discussion. Not that I sit in the back seat, but I was not driving my body/knees forward nearly enough. Again, I needed some ice like surface to realize this. The amount of grip increased dramatically when I focused on driving my knees toward the front of the ski. I am probably not explaining this correctly. BTW, it was 8 degrees when I skied the p60s. That caused some major issues.
3) I have been so focused on pushing with the balls of my feet, and "pushing" the edges of my ski. Big mistake, at least for me. The P60 helped me here. The few times, and I mean few, I could load the ski, it would squirt forward on me more often that not. Not in a bad way, and the sensation I was feeling was very brief. It made me realize that the effort of pressure, for lack of a better term, appears to move to different parts of my outside foot, depending on where I was in my turn. Not all the time, since most of the time my turns suck. However, there is a huge revelation going on here for me. I was so focused on pushing that outside foot, using the ball or big toe, that I had no real real edging pressure on it. I still have the problem because it is an old habit that needs to be broken. Rather than pushing, I am now trying to get on edge, get the weight forward enough that the shovel grabs, angulate, and then just try to exercise a bit of patience. Mind you, my timing is off more often than not on the scratchy stuff, as I realize now that I have a nano second to really pressure the edge to crank a turn. Easier said than done, this is a work in progress.
4) One more, when things clicked, probably not evident in the video. I need to get less upright between turns; heck I need to get more flexion with my inside leg as well. However, if I can remember to stay more bent and just unweight and let my skis swing under me, I could transition quicker and edge/angulate sooner.
These are my theories.. So how off am I with my thinking?
Here is another vid with the videographer following me. This particular trail is very flat. I always found that carving is always more of a challenge when there is a real lack of pitch. Have at it.
One more on the p60s.
Has anyone skied the rossi Hero ST TI? I am curious what people think about this ski.
Edited by peterk123 - 1/1/15 at 4:09pm