Well, I did rent shaped skis once last year and don't recall having this issue. So putting that aside (for purpose of this discussion) I am on my first new pair of shaped skis (blizzard xpow810's fwiw) and finally tossed my old straight GS skis.
Firstly, a bit about myself is probably required in order for one to offer me correct advice. I am an advanced skier. Over a decade ago and certainly prior to that I considered myself expert or at least close to it, but limted skiing and age (now 50) I would just say upper advanced level unless I can (if time and money allow) get more skiing in as I once use to do. Usually ski a lot of Blue Piste runs and then when I'm feeling in sync I usually do hit a few Black runs per day at some point and if its a two day trip ski more blacks the second day till I get tired lol. I also hit a couple bump runs too if I'm up to that. Bottom line is I can certainly ski and usually have pretty good form. The steeper the terrain, the quicker I like to turn (but isn't that naturally the way anyway?) BTW fwiw I am 6'1" @240 and even if I lose weight will aways be 220ish. My new skis are 181cm.
so anyway, I had some troubles this weekend with my new toys. Now to be fair to myself I only skied 4 days last year, 2 days the year before and this was my first time skiing this year. So I know it wasn't like I was going to rip up the mountain but even with the limited skiing I was always able (like last year) to do some good ripping and turning with my old straight GS skis after about a half day on the mountain. You know, once I felt I was warmed up, and in sync and feeling good I would always tackle some real good skiing runs. Would always feel (say to myself) "that was some nice skiing there".
But I just couldn't seem to get this feeling this weekend except on some ocassions. I feel like I'm having some trouble initiating my turn especially on very hardpacked and the steeper terrain. Once I 'm in the turn I would then receive good rebound from the ski (which is great from this ski) and what I am use to with my old skis) and it would (as expected) send me to the next turn . But then I would often struggle to find the front edge to grab start that next turn. One thing I realized is that I needed to be a bit more upright. Or should I say less weighted pressure applied towards the tips vs my old straights. On the second morning I had a good first two runs on some clean corduroy. That's when/where I felt the new balance point worked well. I was able to pop some good turning and carving of different radiuses and speeds and the skis gave me wonderful feedback and energy.
Then I hit some steeper terrain (not much steeper) and also was a bit more hardpack and even some ice. The steeper (and bit icy) terrain would lead to me to want to do quicker turns and I just couldn't seem to (except some times) grab the front edges and instead would just slide too much (up front) . Then eventually the mid and rear would grab and the rest of the turn only then felt good only after that point. But sometimes I had to stop because I couldnt find it at all and some of those times my tips would chatter too. I tried turning stronger angles, flatter angles, more pressure to the fronts, less pressure to the fronts, different pressure amounts to the downhill ski vs the uphill ski, even tried hopping (lifting) the inside ski. Only sometimes would I find what I was lokking for and it wouldn't last long. More success on the less icy and less steep terrain. Of course some ice and more steep makes for more difficult scenario but this wasn't even black runs. I'm talking about steeper parts of the blue runs. I didn't even take black runs for this reason. Something I would certainly be doing on the second day of a weekend and in fact most probably by the end of the first day. I know and I'm sure I am just very use to my old skis and some getting use to the new (shaped) ones must take place. But I should be able to find the ski more than just the few times I did. No?
Edited by rollin - 1/19/15 at 2:59pm