I just wondered what some peoples thoughts are around the FIS changes to Giant Slalom ski regulations. Personally I think they ruined not only the watching of Giant Slalom but the retail industry as well. I realize some things have come out of this technology wise like rocker skis which are helping quite a bit. On the other hand you have pivot turns in Giant Slalom and +35m FIS skis in the market that no one will buy for nastar courses.
I really enjoyed watching the articulation and carving over the last few years and was really bummed this year to see such jagged skiing. I know a lot of the World Cup skiers have spoke up about the changes and I have to agree with them. I also see it as a huge setback for companies that create these World Cup FIS skis.
I love my World Cup FIS slalom ski however would never buy a new FIS GS ski. When looking at new GS skis my thoughts are more around a masters ski which has a reasonable side cut of 16 -23m. There is nothing in me at least that would ever want to buy a new FIS GS ski. I might try them once for a hoot but would never race with them or buy one. Its just a little beyond ridiculous for a nastar course. This is coming from someone who always bought FIS before. So its sad to say that next year I will be looking at something other than a FIS ski.
Edited by utahsaint - 2/20/15 at 11:06am