So I’ve had for ~8-10 years now a few different race carver skis that have been truly excellent... are well used and have been well taken care of, used for general east coast skiing. For context, I’m 30 / 185 lbs / L2 instructor... After a ~8 seasons away from skiing regularly, I have been getting back into it and hope to work towards the L3 over the next few years. The vast majority of skiing that I do on my own time is hard carving, a mixture of short and medium radius turns.
I'm used to (and have been skiing on) a 2004 Rossi RPM 100 (167cm, r= 15) and the 2008 Rossi 9S Oversize Ti (165cm, r = 13) for ages. These I find pretty forgiving (in general terms), whether sliding quick short radius or charging short or medium radius carved turns. Great skis to allow a decent combination of both types, including mixed beginner/intermediate teaching. Then, looking for a bit more flexibility for all conditions and a bit longer turn radius, I found a good deal on limited mileage pair of 2009 Rossi CX80’s (170cm, r = 16.5)... I find these incredible by comparison... much more rewarding than the other Rossi's... can still slide them short radius (a bit more work to do it) but way more grip / stable at speed... a stiffer ski that feels like it has a lot more energy out of each turn. Unsure if this is because it has seen limited recreational use and is less tired... or if its perhaps just the construction difference that I’m feeling?
I haven’t demo’d skis recently at all, but am wondering... with the technology that’s changed over the last ~8+ years, for an SL or GS carver for an ‘expert’ skier (say within the 'cheater' ski realm), is there an advantage to be had by trading up for something newer (and not just new to me)? Pretty happy with what I’m used to, but not sure if I may be missing something... There are so many 165-170cm skis out there with a 13-16m radius, has anything revolutionary happened to these types of skis or changed them to make it a no-brainer to update? (i.e. Head Supershape Magnum, Volkl SL or SC UVO, tons of other options, etc)