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Specifics... just looking for some insight. yeah a which ski question. Carving and or Race stix

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I grew up whacking plastic in Minnesota, short turns was our only real option. I moved to Montana at 18 and haven't left the mountains since. I have skied and owned many 90-120mm waist skis in the 15 years since then but I find myself searching for that plank that reminds me of my roots for those not so good snow days. I am not a big skier 5'7" 140lbs, but I ski powerfully for my size. I ski 75-100 days a season. I have no problem working different types of skis from fully rockered to cambered, I don't get turned off by shapes instead I figure them out for what they are.

 

Current skis I own:

177 Blizzard Cochise (daily driver)

186 Volk Two (pow and play ski)

177 Blizzard Zero G 95 (touring skis)

 

I have access to plenty of 85-90 waist skis whenever I wish to ski them but I am looking for something less All mountain and more for railing turns. I do ski a beer league that has got me thinking about this type of skiing again and after last season I have realized it would be nice to have a ski in the quiver for the low tide. Its sad but I think I want a race ski again. The problem is I have no ability to try out any ski that I think fits the bill, we just don't have any and I am not paying to try a ski. I am looking for a 18-19m ski, I see the Cheater GS boards but since I haven't touched any "Race" skis in well over a decade I am not sure if my tiny ass will bend them. Would I be happy with a frontside all mountain ski like the Blizzard XPower 8? Last year I raced on the RTM 84 and made it work but missed the pop out of the turns and yeah it was quicker than my Cochises edge to edge but yeah...

 

I am limited to Rossignol, Blizzard and Volkl because I get a deal on them. I don't need you tell me what to get, but some insight on what may work within this realm is what I am looking for. 

 

List of what I am thinking:

Rossignol Hero Elite LT TI 176 (stupid system binding)

Rossignol Hero Master 175 ( can I flex this ski?)

Blizzard WRC Racing 176 (see above)

Blizzard Xpower 8 (all mountain ski... not sure I want that)

Volkl RACETIGER SPEEDWALL GS UVO ( can I flex it? Stupid UVO thing)

Volk RTM 81 or 84 (all mountain.... and maybe its here because its familiar)

 

I will be seeking the speed limit on no matter what I end up with so flame or help away. 

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Sounds like you are describing a consumer GS ski or a narrower all-mountain ski/frontside carver (like a Fischer Progressor or Head Supershape).  Not really familiar with the Rossi/Blizzard/Volkl offerings in those areas other than the Rossi Experience line and the Volkl RTMs.  The new RTMs are getting good reviews  

 

I am a little bigger than you (5'8" 160lbs) and don't find my consumer race SL skis (Fischer Superior SC) too stiff at all.  So a consumer GS  or SL/GS hybrid ski should work for you.  


Edited by JimH - 12/28/15 at 2:34pm
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I'm leaning hero master or wrc racing right now. Both are the consumer gs skis.


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Top skiers are raving about the hero master I can tell you that much
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