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Itching for a replacement for my '98 Dynastar Coupe S9 -- what should I look at?

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Hi folks,


I'm a mostly New England skiier (with an yearly or every-other-yearly trip out to the Swiss alps where I get my powder fix), skiing mostly steeps, groomers with some trees and bumps thrown in when the snow is good), skiing no more than 10-15 days a year.  I'm an expert skier though post-kids I tend to be more laid back and less aggressive.  I weigh in at 5' 11" and 180lbs.


Pre-kids, I was skiing on a 1998-ish Dynastar Coupe S9, possibly the world's most fun ski.  Skied on those until a few years ago when the bindings went (the low-end Marker race bindings from probably '97), and the ski repair shop talked me into a pair of Volkl Superspeeds they had on consignment instead of replacing the bindings on my aging and rather beat up S9's.  Every year I've talked about putting a new pair of bindings on the S9's, but this year I'm finally thinking about replacing them altogether, but looking for a ski with the same type of zing as the S9's.  The S9's were a 203; I'm ashamed to say the Superspeeds are the 160-something length (yes,  I still have an ego problem with downsizing 30+ cm ;)).


What I like about the Superspeeds: Deadly grip, pretty fast for a ski that short, stable, 


What I don't like about the Superspeeds: they've way too heavy, they don't really fit my super-short-turn skiing, they're way too stiff, which kills me when I try and hot-dog it with the kids and land those jumps on New England ice, and they don't have anywhere near the energy/fun the S9's had going into or coming out of turns.  I'm that guy that's always in the 2ft of powder left at the edge of the trail, unless I'm skiing trees or bumps (or hitting the race course), so I'm probably also skiing them in ways they weren't made to be skied, but though the Superspeeds grip great on bigger turns even there they're not compelling enough to push me to change my style.


I'd probably keep the Superspeeds since they are a pretty capable ski, but I'd like a ski with the short-turn zing of the S9's I could take into the bumps and trees as well.


If I were tempted to pick a ski I'd go for a slalom ski over all-mountain since I doubt many all-mountain skis will have that carve, flex and tremendous rebound the S9's had, but I'm willing to be talked into the right all-mountain ski.  I drove the S9's through many a steep and groomer but also into the trees and occasional bumps (ok, at a 203, they were definitely not the perfect ski there, but still plenty of fun).


So what do you folks think I should be looking at?  I'm unlikely to buy anything soon, but figure this year might be the year to try out and see what I like, but I need some help picking where I should be starting.



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Also, any bits of advice where to demo slalom skis in NE welcome... I bought the S9's basically on a whim but they ended up being the perfect ski... but now I'd like to ski 'em first before plunking down any cash.

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Funny that you're talking about Dynastar Coupe S9s.  I literally just got mine down from the attic to see how they look after being in storage for 10 years.  It's been that long since I've been skiing and am heading to Mammoth next week.  I had been thinking about picking up a pair of used new skis simply to be a little more up to date.  However after looking at them they look great.   One of the best skis I've ever used.  I used to be a expert level skier and used these for both bumps, powder and groomers and loved them.  I've been told that I'll be even better with newer gear.  At my age and with my back and knee problems I don't think I want to be any better.  It's looking like I'm just goring to take them out and have my own vintage day with them.  I'm sure I'll get lots of looks bringing out old 200s, but I'll be happy to show they still work!


Good luck with your search!

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Thanks @nmeofun,


Got to demo a few skis this weekend... due to the selection I didn't get to try any true race boards (though I think I could have gotten a pair of Nordica Doberman's... they had the GS version so I assume they must have also had the slaloms), but found some very nice cheaters.


The clear fave of the day was the Nordica Fire Arrow 76 Ti Pro, which was quick, energetic and made me want to drive it harder and harder.  I laid down some amazing short turns on the groomers, steeps and the icy race course.  Also in the running was the Blizzard X-Power 810 Ti IQ, which didn't quite match the Nordica in energy and was a bit less stable in the chopped up conditions, but still a fun ski.  I took out a Volkl Kendo out for a run or two as well but didn't really feel the vibe... I don't think it's a ski for the sort of turn radius I ski.


Good luck on your S9's!  If not for the busted bindings on mine I probably would still be skiing 'em!

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I just read this Thread regarding S9's and felt the need to join and comment.  After kids and almost empty nest, my wife and I have increased our winter ski activities quite a bit.  I am finally helping her make the switch to shorts so we will see.  I came from a ski family and learned very young.  Raced, free skied, etc.  I know at some point I may have to give up 200 plus cm skis and my S9's at 200cm are the shortest I currently own.  They were bought used a number of years ago with little use.  And yes, you could make an argument that they could be the worlds best or at least one of them.  At 5'11"" and 170lb and older, I no longer need racing bindings with din settings that simply don't make sense and I'm conscious of that with any older equipment.

That said, I'm not ready to give up my very comfortable and rather fast older style skis which still seem rather easy for me to use even though I'm sure a new set of shorts would be easier and better in bumps as well as some other terrain.

For those uncrowded days, I recently purchased NOS Atomic SG 208 along with New Bindings because skiing is really a personal thing and everyone after a whole lot of years doing it has their own style and zone they like to get into.  I get some looks regarding those old long skis and frankly more nice comments than anything else.  I do think its the skier and not the equipment that makes the biggest difference and I'm not about to comment on the ease of handling new skis because Ive never tried them.  I'm not going to knock new equipment either because Ive skied with some damn good mostly younger folks on new stuff.

Here's my take on old school equipment for me only:  I'm used to it, I raced on it, I like to ski fast, I'm very comfortable on long skis on ice, (I mean all day comfortable) I'll still do some bumps with the S9's but prefer groomers with 2' or less bumps, and If I could buy a new pair of those, Id do it in a heartbeat.  Although I'm in my mid 50's, I have some much younger skiing friends who feel the same way.  I'm probably getting "geezer" syndrome anyway because I don't take a go pro with me when I'm skiing.  (LONG LIVE THE DYNASTAR S9!!)

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Just for the record, I found the '15 Fire Arrows 76Ti's on sale for $349 last week and plunked down my cash (and am now kicking myself for not getting them bundled with a new pair of boots, having realized my GPX's are now close to 15 years old), so if any snow should arrive out east this holiday season I'll be out there with the new toys.  But if there isn't snow, I'll probably keep abusing my SuperSpeeds for a bit :)

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